The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is an international conservation organization that works with governments, businesses and individuals to protect nature and raise environmental awareness.
The WWF, with its well-known giant panda logo, was founded in Switzerland in 1961 as an international fundraising organization to support the conservation movement on a global scale. Over the last half century it has been involved in countless environmental initiatives around the world. Among them is Earth Hour, the world's largest environmental activism event. This is a collection of DW's content on the World Wildlife Fund.
The illegal wildlife trade is one of the world's biggest contraband markets. According to the World Wildlife Fund, animal trafficking rakes in as much €17 billion a year. Yet the illegal trade in animals for pets goes mostly unnoticed. The population of the Barbary macaque has declined by 50 percent over the past two decades, and Nik Martin went to find out more about a recent ban on their trade.
Thailand is one of the major exporters of meat - at the expense of the environment: fodder corn plantations leach out the soil and destroy the environment. More and more farmers are now turning to sustainable mining methods that can be even more profitable.
In Norway, environmentalists and sheep farmers regularly clash over the rights of the predator versus the need to protect people and their livestock. This year, WWF Norway will be taking the Norwegian state to court over what the environmental organisation sees as an unsustainable hunt of an animal already threatened with extinction. Lars Bevanger has this report from Oslo.
The Amazonian pink river dolphin is under threat. Hydroelectric power stations block their routes, and mercury from the gold mines poisons their organs. Until now there's been little data about the status of the population, but WWF wants to change that.
Tanzania's government still wants a hydroelectric dam built in a key wildlife reserve despite mounting appeals from UNESCO. The WWF conservation group says the project also threatens the livelihoods of 200,000 residents.