WWF is a global network of people, scientists, volunteers and citizens who are active in over 100 countries. Our international presence and 5 million supporters make us one of the largest international organizations for the protection of the environment.
WWF Greece is the national office of WWF in Greece. We are aligned with the key goals and values that govern the operation of the global WWF network, but we are financially independent. We also set our priorities and strategy based on the needs for the protection of nature in Greece. In short, we are an independent Greek non-governmental organization, and at the same time, we are acting as part of an international network.
Our mission is to stop the degradation of the natural environment, protect biodiversity, ensure the sustainable use of renewable natural resources and promote the reduction of pollution and consumer waste. We are building and promoting solutions for people, the environment and the climate, with the ultimate goal of coexisting in harmony with nature and ensuring that we thrive.
Every day we build together a "new deal" of man with nature. The climate crisis is now threatening our own lives and we are the last generation that can do something about it. In a rapidly changing world, we do not remain inactive. We want you by our side to keep alive endangered species alive, to tackle the climate crisis, to resist policies that threaten our natural environment, to change lifestyles and to claim a better and safer world for our children. Join forces with 5 million people supporting WWF in more than 100 countries. Only with your support can we do it. Only with you can we secure a living planet.
Protocols, Policies and Safeguards of the operation of the international WWF network and WWF Greece
- We are an international, independent, multicultural and non-partisan organization.
- We use the best available scientific knowledge and critically assess all of our activities.
- We pursue dialogue and avoid unnecessary conflict.
- We promote substantive solutions through a combination of work in nature, political actions, training and education.
- We engage and partner with local communities and residents in planning and implementing our programmes, respecting their cultural and financial needs.
- We pursue collaboration with other organizations, governments and enterprises with the aim of being effective and providing solutions.
- We capitalize on our resources as efficiently as possible and manage our supporters’ money with transparency and accountability.
But who are we, in short?
We are the organization that, since the 1980s, has taken initiative to protect iconic species in Greek nature, including the Mediterranean monk seal, the sea turtle, the red deer and vultures.
We are the organization that secured legal protection for the forests of Dadia and Evros, the most important European habitat for vultures.
We are the organization that succeeded in mobilising thousands of citizens throughout Europe and purchasing 90% of the land around Sekania in Zakynthos to protect the most important nesting beach for the Caretta caretta turtle.
We are the organization that pressed for and secured protected and ‘National Park’ status for Schinias.
We are the organization that secured recognition of small island wetlands as protected ecosystems.
We are the organization that, together with tens of thousands of citizens, has succeeded a number of times in protecting our beaches from unlicensed construction.
We are the organization that secured a ruling that exceptions made to the forest maps for unlicensed construction of housing developments on forest land were illegal and unconstitutional.
We are the organization that uncovered the financial myth of extraction of hydrocarbons in Greece and the risks to the environment, the economy and the climate, rallying 50,000 citizens and 100 scientists from all over the world, as well as dozens of private-sector organizations and local administrations.
We are the organization that, over the past 12 years, has spotlighted the damage done to local communities and the environment by the extraction and burning of lignite. And with the same tenacity, we are promoting the financial support of these areas so that they can transition to a new, sustainable development model.
We are the organization that succeeded in having Gyaros declared a Marine Protected Area. We did this through unprecedented forms of collaboration that resulted in a framework that protects Gyaros’s natural environment while also allowing moderate development in support of local communities.
We are the organization that would not have achieved any of these things without you. Together, we can do anything!
Without your support, we cannot continue to defend our precious natural environment and ensure a healthy future for humanity and the planet. Join us now!