WWF-India was established as a Charitable Trust on 27 November 1969 to further the mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Rechristened World Wide Fund for Nature-India in 1987, WWF-India has over 40 years of experience in this field.
A challenging, constructive, science-based organization, WWF-India, in keeping with the tenets of its parent organization, addresses issues like the survival of species and habitats, climate change and environmental education. Over the years, its perspective has broadened to reflect a more holistic understanding of conservation issues facing the country.
To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
- Conserving the world’s biological diversity
- Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
- Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption
WWF-India: 40 years of Nature Conservation
World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) was founded with the express objective of ensuring the conservation of the country’s wildlife and natural habitats. It was set up as a Charitable Public Trust on 27 November 1969. It was then known as the World Wildlife Fund-India, much before the terms ‘wildlife’ and ‘environment’ had caught the attention of the government or the public.
WWF-India’s modest beginnings entailed operating out of a limited office space at Horn Bill House in Mumbai and very few full-time staff. The running of the office relied largely on the goodwill of the close-knit group of its founders, and other associates who voluntarily contributed their time and resources to the work of the organization. Throughout the seventies and eighties, WWF-India kept its focus primarily on wildlife and nature conservation. It would be near impossible to list all its projects and other activities in the field of wildlife.
Today, WWF-India is not only the country’s largest voluntary body in the field of conservation, it has also grown into a network with a countrywide presence, It has taken on diverse activities in the field of nature protection – ranging from education and capacity-building, to field projects in biodiversity, enviro-legal action, policy studies and advocacy, and even areas such as religion and conservation.