People and Communities Stories

  • Righting the wrongs of history and building a sustainable future

    February 23, 2023

    As CEO, Dr. Jennie L. Stephens has led the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation® in helping more than 300 people gain title to their land, covering a combined property value of $22 million dollars.

    Headshot of Jennie Stephens
  • Through droughts and displacement, Rebecca Adams builds a better life

    February 23, 2023

    In the remote Namibian village of De Riet, goat herder Rebecca Adams builds a better future while living alongside elephants and lions.

    Rebecca Adams sits outside De Riet village, Namibia
  • How one Indigenous community uses high-tech tools to defend its territory

    In the wake of the devastating Amazon wildfires of 2019, WWF collaborated with the Kanindé Association of Ethno-Environmental Protection to supply the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau with terrestrial monitoring equipment—including drones, smartphones, and camera traps—and field training to document illegal deforestation.

    WWF providing drone training to communities. Pictured are people from the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau territory
  • Uncle Eddie and the Gudjuda Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers

    May 12, 2022

    Indigenous rangers in Australia reconnecting to their traditional territories.

    View of a person's back against the beach. Wearing a khaki hat and jacket that says "Gudjuda Rangers"
  • Why banana leaves are my hope for a sustainable future

    May 06, 2022

    WWF's Tara Zokaie shares the importance of feeling connected to nature, and not taking our planet’s resources for granted.

    People gather around a large table covered with grilled banana leaves and food
  • Six things to know about forests and your health

    March 10, 2022

    Through extensive investigation, WWF uncovered ample evidence that forests provide, prevent, and heal. Public health and forests are entwined—at the local, regional, and global scale.

  • How gender equality impacts conservation

    March 08, 2022

    Research from the CARE-WWF Alliance shows that empowering women can reduce environmental damage, especially when women are engaged in natural resource management and conservation leadership positions.

    Women carry baskets and wear colorful clothes as they walk down a path
  • From tiny to mighty

    February 17, 2022

    Meet the puppies that protect herder families and snow leopards in Mongolia.

    A baby stands smiling at the camera while a sitting puppy sniffs the baby's face face
  • The science of soil, the language of the land

    January 11, 2022

    Rice and rubber farmers in Thailand come together to produce organic fertilizer to replace chemical fertilizer. The results pay off in more ways than one.

    Close-up of a hand holding a pile of dirt
  • A river that splits and unites

    December 28, 2021

    .How fishermen in Thailand and Lao PDR work together to share the Mekong.

    Fishermen outfit their long skinny boats with nets on the bank of a river at sunrise
  • How toilets can help save people, communities, and the environment

    November 19, 2021

    Toilets play an essential role in both the health of people and the environment, but billions of people worldwide do not have access to these critical facilities. Functioning toilets serve to improve the health and cleanliness of rivers and waterways—and the life that depends on them.

    Children collect water at a kiosk in Kenya
  • People gather under a tree to discuss data for the Climate Crowd
  • Communities, coastlines, and conservation

    October 14, 2021

    Our oceans provide food, regulate Earth’s climate, and are rooted in cultural traditions and community livelihoods around the world. When we work on ocean conservation, we are inherently also working with people dependent on the ocean, particularly those who live along coastlines.

    Boys on a dock in Bird's Head Seascape, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Protecting my Arctic home

    September 16, 2021

    Alexandria Abuzanuq Ivanoff, who is from Unalakleet, Alaska, a small hunting and fishing community on the northwest coast, discusses how warming waters and increased shipping could impact Indigenous peoples and wildlife. 


    Allie Ivanoff looks straight at the camera in a large parka in the snow
  • Meet the 2021 class of Russell E. Train Fellows

    September 14, 2021

    Fifteen inspirational conservationists from thirteen countries will use their expertise to protect species, fill research gaps, and conserve the world’s most critical ecosystems.

    Veronarindra Ramananjato
  • Responsible fishing in Indonesia

    September 02, 2021

    A member of the Bajo tribe of Indonesia, a traditional fishing group leader, and a member of the ranger partner community of Wakatobi National Park, meet: Hartono.

    A man in a tshirt and pink baseball cap sits inside a skinny blue canoe on the water
  • The home and life of Mongolian nomadic herders

    August 26, 2021

    Living in a ger, meaning 'home' in Mongolia, and more commonly referred to as a 'yurt' in English, has grown popular in many places around the world. But its origin lies in central Asia, particularly across the steppes of Mongolia. Set up to be a portable home, the ger has been a traditional part of the life of nomadic herders here for millennia. But this way of life is threatened by the climate crisis.

    A group of people on horseback in a row smile and look at the camera
  • How local communities in Laos restore their essential forests

    August 09, 2021

    Between 1940 and 2010, forest cover in Laos decreased by roughly 30%, putting both people and wildlife in danger. The forest-dependent communities in Laos make almost all of their livelihoods from the forest’s natural resources. Illegal logging and forest conversion for agriculture have threatened these livelihoods. To begin to build back a dwindling forest, mitigate the negative impacts of deforestation, and ensure that forest-dependent communities sustainably benefit from natural resources, forest-dependent villages, in partnership with WWF-Laos, started seedling nurseries and planting initiatives to restore their essential forests. 

    Young girl carrying seedling on her back and smiling in Laos
  • When the mountains tremble

    August 05, 2021

    For the people of Pahirebesi, the pattern of disaster and recovery is routine. But once this community began to implement bioengineering techniques in their surrounding landslide-prone landscape to mitigate risk, their reality shifted.

    A group of people standing on a mountainside digging with a woman in all pink standing in the forefront looking at the camera
  • Reforesting the Global South with WWF's Education for Nature and UPS

    August 03, 2021

    Forests cover approximately one-third of the Earth’s surface and are home to more than three-quarters of the planet's remaining biodiversity, but are declining around the world at an alarming rate. Learn about how WWF's Education for Nature program and The UPS Foundation partner to fund locally-led reforestation and restoration projects in areas with critical need.

    A group of women planting saplings in the dirt
  • What is human-wildlife conflict and why is it more than just a conservation concern?

    Human-wildlife conflict is when encounters between humans and wildlife lead to negative results, such as loss of property, livelihoods, and even life. The scope of the issue is significant and truly global, but we are nowhere near being able to address it at the scale needed.

    A person in brightly colored clothing sits on a raised platform looking out over the land on a sunny day
  • Restoring ocean health in a Papua New Guinea coastal community

    July 07, 2021

    Jack Sagumai grew up in a coastal community in Papua New Guinea, where much of his life revolved around the ocean; now he works with WWF and other community members to save it.

    men on small wooden boats paddle across calm blue water with a coastline of trees in the background
  • WWF's Ellie Yanagisawa on memory, art, and protecting our ocean

    May 27, 2021

    As my love for the ocean has grown exponentially over the years, so too has my awareness of the effects of the climate crisis on marine life and island communities.

    Ellie Yanagisawa looks out across a beach on Amami in the morning.
  • WWF’s Nilanga Jayasinghe on how her Asian heritage inspired her conservation career

    May 20, 2021

    Nilanga Jayasinghe grew up in Sri Lanka where she developed a fascination with elephants. She now works on Asian species for WWF.

    Nilanga Jayasinghe smiling at the camera in front of water with an elephant walking by