WWF Gifts to the Earth

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Gift to the Earth

WWF's highest accolade to applaud conservation work of outstanding merit.
A Gift to the Earth is a public celebration by WWF, the global conservation organization, of a significant conservation action by a government, company or other organization. In recognizing an action as a Gift to the Earth, WWF is highlighting both the environmental leadership and the inspiring conservation achievement contributing to the protection of the living world.

The Gift to the Earth award is symbolic. It is a form of recognition which enables WWF to publicly thank and congratulate those responsible for an important conservation achievement, which can also serve as an example to others. In addition, this enables WWF to draw worldwide attention to the conservation achievement among international media, funding agencies and other organisations.

The Gift to the Earth is represented by a certificate signed by the WWF International Director General or WWF International President, and is presented by a senior WWF official at a public event to profile the achievement. Such events are important opportunities for showing the larger conservation picture, for inspiring others and recognizing the many stakeholders and donors who play key roles in making such actions happen, of strengthening relationships with stakeholders and building a team approach to conservation, and of gaining powerful new conservation commitments.

More than 100 Gifts to the Earth have been recognised since 1996, including over 110 major commitments by governments throughout the world. Each of these Gifts represents an important success within WWF’s Global Conservation Programme.

An indication of the scale of conservation commitment celebrated by WWF through Gifts to the Earth since 1996 is seen in the 30 Gifts which feature forest conservation actions. In total, the governments recognised in these Gifts have passed legislation or made binding commitments to protect more than 150 million hectares of forest ─ representing almost five percent of the world's remaining forest.

Among these forest-based Gifts to the Earth are commitments by the respective governments responsible for the Brazilian Amazon and the Congo Basin forests to protect and sustainably manage these two tropical forest complexes which are outstanding international priorities for conservation.

Gifts to the Earth are often used in conjunction with a second recognition of conservation achievement – WWF’s Leaders for a Living Planet award. Where for example, the Gift to the Earth certificate is presented to the head of state by the WWF VIP, the Leaders for a Living Planet certificate can also be presented to key individuals such as Ministers, Governors, and community leaders to recognize the people most closely involved. In other cases WWF may present a Leaders certificate to mark progress towards a specific target which when achieved may then be recognized as a Gift to the Earth at a later date.

Once the Gift to the Earth is announced, WWF follows up to monitor progress and to assist where possible.

Latest recipients

GTTE Namibia / ©: WWF
2014 - Bolivia
2013 - Namibia
2013 - Denmark
2013 - South Africa
2011 - Mozambique
2011 - Parks Canada
2010 - CCAMLR
2010 - OSPAR
2007 - Great Bear Rainforest
2006 - Gansu Provincial Government
2005 - Heilongjiang Provincial Government
2005 - Krasnoyarsk Region


 / ©: David Lawson/WWF-UK

Fact Sheets

Denmark - Global Leader on Climate and Energy 2013

GTTE Denmark / ©: WWF
GTTE Denmark
© WWF
Denmark's golbal leadership on ambitious achievments and commitments on climate and energy policies. Fact Sheet

Prince Edwards Islands Marine Protected Area 2013

GTTE South Africa / ©: WWF
GTTE South Africa
© WWF
Protection of critical ecosystems through the proclamation of the Prince Edward Islands Marine Protected Area covering 180,000 km2, South Africa's first offshore MPA and one of the world's largest. Fact Sheet

Canada Parks 2011

GTTE Canada / ©: WWF
GTTE Canada
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Creation of new, internationnally significant protected areas and the reintroduction of species at risk into their natural habitats. Fact Sheet

Plans for Protection of Antarctic Seas 2010

GTTE CCAMLR / ©: WWF
GTTE CCAMLR
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World's first High seas MPA and committment to establish a MPA network in the Southern Ocean by 2012. Fact Sheet

High Seas Marine Protected Areas 2010

GTTE Ospar / ©: WWF
GTTE Ospar
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High seas marine protected areas are an important tool for protecting the rich and often vulnerable biodiversity of the 70% of our ocens that lie beyond national jurisdiction. Fact Sheet

Great Bear Rainforest 2006

GTTE Canada / ©: WWF
GTTE Canada
© WWF
After many efforts a landmark conservation decision was reached in the Great Bear Rainforest. Fact Sheet

China preserves Giant Panda 2006

GTTE China Panda / ©: WWF
GTTE China Panda
© WWF
Sichuan and Gansu Provinces join efforts to preserve the giant panda and its habitat in the Minshan landscape. Fact Sheet

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 2005

 / ©: Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon
Hardy Reef, aerial view. Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea, Australia
© Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning plan increased the proportion of marine sanctuaries from less than 5% to more than 33% of the Marine Park. Fact Sheet

China Protected Areas 2005

GTTE China / ©: WWF
GTTE China
© WWF
Since 2002, the Heilongjiang provincial government has established 24 new protected areas with a total area of 1.85 millions ha. Fact Sheet
  •  / ©: WWF-Canon / www.ateliermamco.com
    “The more than 100 globally significant conservation actions recognised by WWF as Gifts to the Earth represent huge achievement. As important, they highlight the goodwill and readiness of the international community to take up the environmental challenge and make lasting conservation commitments. This simple idea has inspired conservation actions on a scale WWF could not have predicted, and give hope that together we can leave our children a living planet” Jim Leape
  • Nelson Mandela / ©: © Jean du Plessis / WWF-Canon
    You want to discover the first 100 Gift to the Earth delivered? Have a look at our Brochure here!

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