Stories: People & Communities

  • 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
  • Small-scale dairy manufacturing provides local livelihood opportunities in western Mongolia

    February 02, 2021

    Dairy is a staple in the diets of Mongolian people but until recently, the sale of milk products was not a prominent source of income for local herders. As it turns out, diversifying community livelihood options in this village in the Bayan-ulgii province has also led to increased protections for snow leopards in the area. A win for people, and a win for nature.

    An adult yak stands with two baby yaks staring at the camera with a mountain range in the background
  • WWF Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration and the 117th Congress

    January 20, 2021

    We are in the midst of an acute public health and economic crisis brought on by an ongoing global pandemic. At the same time, we continue to fall far short in our efforts to address two even more grave and existential crises that build in severity as time goes on—climate change and the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature globally.

    The White House in Washington, DC
  • Sustainable pepper farming supports people and nature in Malaysian Borneo

    November 17, 2020

    Empowering farmers with green practices builds livelihoods while strengthening biodiversity. 

    A woman in a straw hat picks pepper off of large green pepper vines
  • Recognizing Indigenous Peoples' land interests is critical for people and nature

    October 22, 2020

    Although they comprise less than 5% of the world population, Indigenous peoples protect 80% of the Earth’s biodiversity. Recognizing their land rights should be placed at the center of conservation.

    Two people drive a small boat through muddy waters and green marshland
  • Flow Lines

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    Keeping water flowing for people and wildlife in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area will take action at every level. Here's what WWF is doing for it.
    Aerial photo of three elephants wading through water
  • Namibia's conservancies get a lifeline for people and wildlife

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    As communities try to cope in the short term, the Namibian government, civil society, and passionate conservationists have rallied to help fill the void the pandemic has created.
    Catherine Mafumelo sets plates on an outdoor table
  • Unparalleled in modern history, West Coast fires necessitate urgent climate action

    September 17, 2020

    Apocalyptic scenes have multiplied in recent weeks, as fires claim lives and incinerate communities across the West Coast. The flames are fueled by a confluence of interwoven drivers, including decades of fire management practices focused on fire suppression paired with the worsening climate crisis.

    Buildings surrounded in an orange glow.
  • The Condor & The Eagle: Fighting Climate Injustice Together

    We can’t successfully protect the diversity of life on Earth without understanding the ways that environmental threats disproportionately impact Indigenous communities in the United States and around the world, and without supporting those communities’ efforts as land and water defenders. WWF is proud to be partnering with The Condor & The Eagle’s team. We hope that you will join us in watching this powerful documentary film and learn how to support the movement against climate injustice from our exceptional panelists.

    Photos of the main characters in The Condor & The Eagle, as well as the date and time of the online screening.
  • Predator-proof pens protect community livelihoods in Nepal

    September 11, 2020

    New predator-proof pens improved both financial and psychological well-being for communities, who no longer having to guard their livestock throughout the night and can feel secure that their livelihood is safe.

    Woman in front of pen of goats in Khata corridor, Nepal
  • COVID & the Ba’Aka Tribe of Dzanga-Sangha

    August 06, 2020

    In the Central African Republic, WWF supports the Indigenous Ba’Aka tribe of Dzanga-Sangha in social distancing to protect themselves from COVID-19. 

    A group of Ba'Aka people walking into the forest
  • An all-female ranger team challenges the workforce gender gap

    July 30, 2020

    In Northeast China, the only all-female ranger team monitors the region's tiger range. 

    An all-female team of rangers treks through a snowy forest in China looking for clues of big cat whereabouts
  • How four communities value and protect their mangroves

    July 23, 2020

    Around the world, communities depend on mangroves for food, protection, and income. These coastal forests provide for communities and the communities, in turn, protect the mangroves. It’s a relationship found all over the world across the more than 100 countries where mangroves guard the coast. Here are four places where a snapshot tells the story.

    Patroling a mangrove forest for poachers
  • Honoring Representative John Lewis

    WWF honors the passing of Congressman John Lewis, who put himself on the frontlines in the march towards a more just America, healthier communities, and a sustainable future for our planet.

  • Zoonotic diseases: From animals to people

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2020
    Zoonotic emerging infectious diseases are transmitted from a host animal to humans, sometimes by way of an intermediate host known as a vector.
    A close-up of an Asian palm civet's masked face and snout
  • Sealing Pandora's Box

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2020
    Environmental destruction and the high-risk wildlife trade are intimately connected with the emergence of new zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, but conservation could help prevent future pandemics.
    Red and green germ illustration with trees
  • The snaring crisis in Southeast Asia

    July 01, 2020

    Illegal snaring is a rampant threat to wildlife and people in the forests of Southeast Asia. Snares are used to capture animals for the illegal wildlife trade. WWF-supported ranger patrols are working to address this crisis by removing snares. 

    Confiscated snares and traps in Cambodia.
  • Solar powered water source helps reduce human wildlife conflict and provides additional community benefits

    June 18, 2020

    A new solar-powered borehole is drilled for the Kapau community in Zambia's Sioma Ngwezi National Park. This water source provides the community with several benefits, including reducing the instances of human wildlife conflict (HWC) that were resulting from sharing resources.

    Members of the Kapau community sit on buckets used to transport water and look at the camera.
  • Working with companies to fix the plastic crisis – on World Oceans Day and every day

    June 08, 2020

    Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our oceans today. While cleaning up existing trash is a critical step on the path to a healthier planet, what's even more important is turning off the tap to stop the flow of plastic into our environment altogether. Research shows that as few as 100 companies could prevent 50 million tons of plastic waste. In 2019, WWF launched ReSource: Plastic, a new global initiative to help companies turn their plastic reduction commitments into measureable action.

    A plastic bag underwater
  • In the Colombian Amazon, an Indigenous leader helps map her people’s territory

    In partnership with local Indigenous organization Azicatch, WWF is supporting the work of Ecosystem Services Assessment Technical Teams, which combines traditional knowledge with modern conservation practice. The aim is to strengthen Indigenous decision-making and governance and create an environmental management plan for their territory.

    Chela Umire makes notes during a forest assessment
  • A trash-free trip creates a new model for greener tourism

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2020
    Last year, WWF partner National Habitat led the first-ever Zero-Waste Adventure, demonstrating new possibilities for more sustainable travel.
    Travelers Yellowstone
  • Working together to build climate change resilience and protect vital water in Guatemala

    In Guatemala, thousands of people call the Teculutan and Pasabien watersheds home. Under the cover of iconic cloud forests, rivers flow down from the mountainous region called the Sierra de Las Minas; providing fresh water for nature and these communities, for drinking, hygiene and sanitation, agriculture, as well as for business operations and so much more.

    Aerial photograph of freshwater sources in the Sierra las de Minas mountain in Guatemala.
  • Citizen scientists help conserve Nepal’s tigers from behind the lens

    In Nepal, citizen scientists are working with biologists from WWF to help protect tigers, rhinos, elephants, and other wildlife found in Bardia National Park.

    Sabita Malla (front), tiger expert at WWF Nepal, is installing a camera trap with citizen scientists responsible for monitoring tigers in the Khata Corridor. Most visible citizen scientist here is Chabbi Thara Magar.
  • How community banking empowers women in Tanzania

    March 06, 2020

    In Tanzania, many urban and rural areas still function under traditional customs that put women at a social and economic disadvantage. Fortunately, those discriminatory traditions, norms, and stereotypes are being challenged. Sijali Kipuli from Somanga Village in Tanzania shows us how a social system in savings and credits can economically liberate the poorest people and empower women.

    Sijali Kipuli in a VICOBA introductory meeting attentively listening to the facilitators in 2006.