What makes a region become a priority for WWF?

WWF looks for places that offer:

  • The most intact remaining rainforests: Amazon, Congo Basin, New Guinea

     
  • The most species-rich rainforests: western Amazon, northwest South America

     
  • The richest selections of rare endemic plants and animals: New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu, South Africa, southwest Australia, Madagascar

     
  • The richest large river systems and the the world’s oldest river: Amazon, Orinoco, Congo, Mekong, Yangtze, and the New River in southeast United States

     
  • The most unique and diverse deserts: Namib-Karoo-Kaokoveld Deserts, Chihuahuan Desert

     
  • The most diverse tropical grasslands, savannas and woodlands: central and eastern Africa, central and eastern South America, North America

     
  • The tallest grasslands filled with the highest densities of tigers and rhinos: Eastern Himalayas

     
  • The most outstanding montane areas: Himalayas, Albertine Rift

     
  • The most diverse coral reefs: Coral Triangle, Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, Fiji, East Africa

     
  • The most productive seas: Arctic, Southern Oceans, West Africa

We also continue to work in a limited number of regional priority areas that are locally important and have a long history of WWF conservation success:
  • the European Alps,
  • Baltic,
  • Gulf of California,
  • Indus Delta,
  • Mesoamerican Reef, and
  • Yellow Sea.

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