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Social Development and Safeguards Experts

Dedicated Global Teams

Our Social Development and Safeguards ambitions are owned by a global team across the WWF network who promote sustainable development solutions both within WWF and with our partners.

Integrating social dimensions in conservation is a way of ensuring that conservation actions contribute to both preserving biodiversity and promoting equitable and sustainable development for the wellbeing of people who rely on the natural environment. The team of professionals bring decades of experience to our work with people and communities, and are all united by a strong commitment to practice inclusive conservation.

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Our experts include...

The Environmental and Social Safeguards and Social Policies Team; committed to driving consistent, comprehensive application of safeguards across the entire WWF Network to help ensure that conservation efforts do not have adverse social and environmental impacts. Additionally, advancing our understanding and commitment on internationally recognized human rights and ensuring that WWF projects help ensure the protection of human rights as required to meet our commitments.

Environmental and Social Safeguards experts at national level; who form a Practitioner’s group that contribute to the development of the ESSF as well as embedding of practices in their respective offices. 

The Social Development for Conservation (SD4C); a cross-cutting team of colleagues working in various capacities from offices across the WWF Network to engage at multiple levels (national, regional, global), providing support, tools and services for WWF to become an effective player and partner in establishing more equitable and greener development pathways.