WWF focuses on two priority forest ecoregions: the Eastern Africa Coastal Forests Ecoregion and the Albertine Rift Montane Forests Ecoregion. WWF also works in forests of high conservation value found outside these two ecoregions. They include the Mau Forest and the Eastern Arc Montane ecoregion and the Miombo Woodland ecoregion. It also plans to resume its work in the Ethiopian montane forests.
The Freshwater Programme’s principal focus is that freshwater resources in the region are managed in a sustainable manner that ensures that ecosystem functions and services are maintained.
Considering the extent of the region and local demand for freshwater resources management, WWF-EARPO has focused on four geographic areas and four thematic areas. The four geographic areas are the Albertine Rift Ecoregion, Gregory Rift Valley Lakes, Mara River Basin and Greater Ruaha River Basin. The four thematic areas are climate change, water policies, capacity building and environmental education.
The WWF-EARPO Marine Programme is made up of the Eastern African Marine Ecoregion (EAME) programme which also encompasses the long running Kiunga Marine National Reserve Conservation and Development Project. The specific objectives of EAME are:
- Protection of priority seascapes through a network of marine protected areas to reduce the declining trend of species of special concern.
- Ensuring that enabling policy and legal environment for marine resource management are in place.
- Ensuring effective and meaningful participation of communities in marine resource management to facilitate social development in priority sites.
- Ensuring the use of sustainable fishing gears by all sectors of the fishing community.
Savanna and species
The WWF Eastern Africa Species Programme’s objective is that the populations of at least three flagship species groups are increasing and/or stabilised at biologically viable levels and their habitats are safeguarded. These flagship species include elephants, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles.
The cross-cutting activities fall under Policy, Toxics, Environmental Educationand Climate Change. These activities are mainstreamed into the other themes; Forests, Freshwater, Marine, and Savanna & Species.