WWF Gifts to the Earth
Gift to the Earth
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.
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
- WWF has recognised Namibia’s communal conservancy programme as a Gift to the Earth
- WWF has applauded Denmark’s ambitious climate achievements and its commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy