Working for biodiversity and people
- Protect, manage, and/or restore essential habitats, as well as provide connectivity and corridors between habitats
- Reduce local and global threats such as unsustainable wildlife trade, poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and incidental bycatch
- Stimulate and strengthen national, regional, and international policy and funding for species conservation, that is integrated with biome approaches as well as development and poverty reduction programmes
- Empower local communities to conserve species and achieve long-term sustainable management of natural resources.
However due to human activities, species are disappearing around the world faster than ever before – breaking down the life support system upon which we all depend.
A successful approach
We have achieved important policy wins, such as helping bring about the global moratorium on whaling, controlling trade in endangered species such as tigers, and regulating trade in species such as mahogany and sturgeons (caught for caviar).
This work is not only giving a more certain future for specific species, but helping thousands more by contributing to the conservation of all biodiversity within many ecoregions.
Our species conservation efforts are also directly helping people, through improved livelihoods, food security, incomes, governance, and empowerment. Our work is delivering towards at least 4 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), contributing to poverty reduction in several parts of the world.
Carlos Drews, Director of WWF´s Global Species Programme, talks about species conservation.