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Civil Society Organisations

​A strong civil society is a key agent for change

Civil society organisations (CSO’s) are key partners for WWF and we work around the world to help build local CSO capacity and strength to ensure accountability and sustainability of natural resource management, inclusive socio-economic development and equitable cost and benefit sharing. The challenges facing our planet and its people are multifold and we welcome partnerships and dialogue with other civil society actors to create greater collective impact.
 

Democratic, transparent and accountable governance systems and practices are essential for achieving sustainable natural resource stewardship. In this context, civil society organisations (CSO’s) are key partners for WWF and we work around the world to help build local CSO capacity and strength. 

 

CSOs are important to ensure accountability and sustainability of natural resource management, inclusive socio-economic development and equitable cost and benefit sharing. Strong and empowered civil society is key to bringing about a more sustainable world.

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WWF: a CSO, with CSOs, for CSOs

In many of the areas where we work, WWF plays an important role in helping build larger, stronger and more active local constituencies, recognizing that they are critical to achieving long-term sustainable development and equitable governance of common public goods.

 

This includes developing platforms and coalitions for environmental governance and monitoring, leading innovative projects to build political participation of civil society in support of sustainable development, empowering women and promoting youth leadership in environment and development to secure the rights of future generations.

 

An important aspect of our work is to strengthen the role of civil society as development partners, and ensure that environmental sustainability is one of the core principles of development cooperation, for instance through the Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness.

 

Guidance Document on WWF Engagement with Civil Society Organizations