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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
Community development and respect for human rights are central to our work. The most important inhabitants of any forest, river basin, or seascape are its people. Our mission—to create a future where nature and people thrive—rests on partnerships between WWF and the local and Indigenous communities in the places where we work. We know that communities depend on nature for many aspects of their lives—as a foundation for their culture, their food, their water, their efforts to create new forms of sustainable economic development, and more. And we know that conservation is only sustainable if it benefits local communities, and if they play an active role in the design, execution, and evaluation of programs, along with accountability when problems arise.
WWF continues to follow the requirements of each funding partner that supports our work, and we make those requirements binding on every sub-grantee as required. WWF's own policies emphasize the importance of advancing human rights in all our efforts.
The principles of WWF's social policy include: