How is WWF run?

WWF is an independent foundation registered under Swiss law, governed by a Board of Trustees under an International President.

Currently, the President is Yolanda Kakabadse. President Emeritus is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.


Gland, Switzerland is the home of WWF International, the secretariat for WWF's global organization. Its role is to lead and coordinate the WWF Network of offices around the world, through developing policies and priorities, fostering global partnerships, coordinating international campaigns, and providing supportive measures in order to help make the global operation run as smoothly as it can. 

The various WWF offices around the world come under two categories:

1) those that can raise funds and carry out work autonomously, and

2) those that must work under the direction of one of the independent WWF offices.

In all cases, WWF's offices carry out conservation work such as practical field projects, scientific research, advising local and national governments on environmental policy, promoting environmental education, and raising awareness of environmental issues.

Each office that can work independently (type 1) also contributes funding to WWF's global conservation programme (PDF Format: 3MB), while all offices help contribute to an enormous pool of environmental expertise and knowledge.

A specialist WWF office in Brussels works to influence the policies and activities of the European Union, while a second WWF Office in Washington DC works to influence global institutions involved in international economic issues, such as the World Bank.

WWF's 4  Associate Organisations are non-governmental organizations that work closely with WWF in countries where WWF has no independent office (type 1). The Associates promote shared conservation objectives, but do not contribute financially to the WWF Network.

In all, WWF has primary offices and associates in over 40 countries around the world, working as a team towards an overall goal: to halt and reverse the destruction of our natural environment.

WWF National Offices

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