Stories: People & Communities

  • A river that splits and unites

    December 28, 2021

    .How fishermen in Thailand and Laos 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
  • Our home, our story

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2021
    Four members of the Oglala Lakota Nation share stories from their lives.
    Thunderclouds on the horizon
  • It's Her Time

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2021
    We asked 11 WWF women staff members to interview or write odes to women conservationists who inspire them.
    Women's feature illustration
  • 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
  • Local communities are key to equitable, sustainable food systems

    May 19, 2021

    Agriculture is part of the solution for both climate and nature and can help achieve sustainable, equitable, resilient food systems that benefit people and the planet. And the often-underrepresented perspectives and experiences of those from local communities, especially women, are critical to successful transformation.

    A girl in a white dress holds a green bucket above her head and smiles at the camera
  • Sustainability and tradition

    May 04, 2021

    Being an archipelago nation made up of over 300 islands, Fiji is rich with marine life and biodiversity. With such close ties to the ocean, fishing is a major part of traditional Fijian life and many communities self-manage their resources.

    Aerial view of a fishing community along the coast nestled up against clear blue waters
  • A decade of efforts help build community and wildlife resilience in Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    Five years into the 10-year USAID project, Hariyo Ban had supported thousands of people and helped sequester or avoid emissions of 4.9 million tons of carbon.
    Magazine open to article on Nepal
  • Restoring Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    Many new projects emphasize community engagement at all stages and focus on priority areas where restoration can connect the Atlantic Forest’s remaining fragments and help restore water resources.
  • Coastal community heroes

    April 08, 2021

    Coastal communities are the stewards of the ocean, and their livelihoods directly depend on its health. Six people living at the intersection of land and sea around the world tell us why they are so committed to the ocean and what it has brought to their lives.

    Small woven houses sitting on top of a system of stilts out in clear blue water with a green boat anchored nearby
  • A Voice for the Forest

    March 08, 2021

    Separated by ocean and land, countries apart, WWF’s Jan Vertefeuille reached out to Nety Riana Sari to talk about the role that women have and play in conservation efforts to protect the “Thirty Hills” rain forest in Sumatra, Indonesia, as well as her personal journey in navigating the world of environmental conservation.

    Nety Riana Sari stands beside a tree overlooking a forest and smiles at the camera
  • Meet the women in tech blazing a trail for conservation

    March 08, 2021

    Women leaders have established themselves as a formidable force in sustainability positions within tech. Though a relatively new discipline, this trend is helping to modernize environmental sustainability and conservation efforts as we know them—and will undoubtedly see its impact grow in the next decade.

    Florence Adewale stands in front of a group of elephants gathered under a roof