Protecting the world’s special places and species
Artisanal fishing boat in Tunisia
In November 2014 the World Parks Congress will be held in Sydney Australia. This once-a-decade event brings together environment ministers, protected area (PA) specialists, local community representatives, donors and NGOs to review progress in protecting and managing the world’s most precious natural places and species. Since its creation in 1961, WWF has helped establish, fund and/or manage more than one billion hectares of PAs on land and at sea, by far the biggest contribution of any conservation organisation worldwide, and one of WWF’s most significant achievements in protecting biodiversity and supporting sustainable resource use such as fishing and forestry. WWF will use this platform to strengthen partnerships and seek new commitments in priority areas.