WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change.
WWF started working in Nepal from 1967 when it launched a rhino conservation program in Chitwan. To keep up with the evolving face of conservation and the environmental movement, WWF’s focus evolved from its localized efforts in conservation of single species in the 1960s, integrated conservation and development approach in the 1990s, to a new horizon of landscape level conservation encompassing national, regional and global scales of complexity in the early 2000s.
WWF’s work in Nepal is focused in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) and Sacred Himalayan Landscape (SHL), including Koshi river Basin, and Chitwan Annapurna Landscape (CHAL) under the USAID-funded Hariyo Ban program. WWF Nepal works to conserve flagship and priority key species, forests, freshwater, and to mitigate the pervasive threat of climate change to communities, species and their habitats. The effective delivery of conservation results under the above four thematic areas are supported by cross-cutting programs on policy and advocacy, curbing illegal wildlife trade, sustainable livelihoods, communications, and education.
In Nepal, WWF works closely with the Ministry of forests and soil conservation through the Department of National Parks and Wildlife conservation (DNPWC) and Department of Forests (DoF), Ministry of Environment, Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) and National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). Besides the national priority areas, WWF Nepal also works in conservation issues of regional and trans-boundary importance.
WWF Nepal envisions a prosperous Nepal with a society possessing an ethic of stewardship and responsibility towards nature.
WWF Nepal’s mission is to stop the degradation of Nepal’s natural environment, and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature by:
By 2016, WWF Nepal shall conserve at least 2 priority landscapes within the WWF priority place, Eastern Himalayas and other national conservation priority areas by reducing anthropogenic and climatic threats to species, habitat and ecological processes while addressing the livelihoods of natural resource dependent people and creating an enabling policy environment.