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WWF's Social Policies

Indigenous Peoples

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Lunga Lunga woman and her baby, Kenya.
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WWF's Statement of Principles on Indigenous Peoples and Conservation was drafted in 1996 and updated in 2008. It reflects our dedication to respecting indigenous and traditional peoples' human and development rights and recognizes the importance of conserving their cultures.
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What it's all about

WWF's social policies guide the integration of social dimensions in our conservation work as well as in the institutional structure of our global network.

Poverty and Conservation

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75% of ethnic minority people in Vietnam live below the poverty line.
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WWF’s Policy on Poverty and Conservation was adopted in 2009. It reaffirms WWF’s commitment to embrace a pro-poor approach to conservation to strive to find equitable solutions for people and the environment and enable local people to play a key part in sustainable development.
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Visit WWF Australia Social Policies webpage for an example of how our policies are developed and implemented on a national level.

Human Rights

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Yanomami hunter. Amazon, Brazil, Roraima Province.
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WWF signed the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights Framework in 2009. The Framework states WWF’s commitment to respect human rights and to promote rights within the scope of conservation initiatives.
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Druze women, Ramlieh village, Lebanon
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 WWF adopted its Gender Policy in 2011. This policy reflects WWF’s ongoing commitment to equity and integrating a gender perspective in its policies, programmes, and projects, as well as in its own institutional structure.
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