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Two women use the river to wash up while avoiding the threat of crocodiles along the Luangwa River.

Saving a beloved home along the Luangwa River in Zambia

The Luangwa River is one of the longest remaining free-flowing rivers in Southern Africa. It flows through an area which boasts some of the most pristine habitats left in Zambia for elephants, lions, leopards and a myriad of other wildlife. A dam has been proposed on the Luangwa that would flood almost the entire Luembe chiefdom, destroying habitats and displacing thousands of people.  

  • WWF's Nathalie Simoneau on how empowering women improves local conservation

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    WWF explores how can we better understand the dynamics between men and women in a given culture and their impacts on natural resources.
    Nathalie Simoneau
  • Improved cookstoves empower women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    March 07, 2017

    Associations, some formed mainly of women, in the Democratic Republic of Congo are building new, improved cookstoves by hand to help the environment—and themselves.

    Womens Day 4
  • Clean water for healthy communities

    March 23, 2015

    Water—and the sanitation it provides—is an essential ingredient for healthy human life. It is crucial to remember this as world leaders finalize the Sustainable Development Goals, a United Nations-led global framework that will guide development priorities for the next 15 years.

    cameroon washing clothes
  • A Flame Called Hope

    October 16, 2013

    WWF has a long history in Nepal, working closely with local communities to secure conservation successes. This relationship led to an innovative solution that put people and their needs at the center of our programs

    mahato in garden