The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
WWF has identified a limited number of high priority landscapes in Africa where the conservation of whole ecosystems including extensive habitats and their species can still be achieved, together with the vast human populations they support.
These priority landscapes include the forests of the Congo River basin in Central Africa and their forest elephants and Great Apes, the Greater Virunga landscape and the mountain gorillas, the KavangoZambezi (KAZA) transboundary protected area complex with 50 per cent of Africa’s savannah elephants, and the south west Indian Ocean (SWIO) area with huge tuna fisheries, marine turtles and mangrove forests. A new priority landscape is the wildlife corridor linking southern Kenya and northern Tanzania and the magnificent annual migration of 1,3 million wildebeest and many other species.
These landscapes are huge: the five terrestrial landscapes total more than 270 million hectares (ha) – larger than twice the size of South Africa – as they must contain all the key ecosystem elements needed to be sustainable. And all six land/ seascapes together support more than 250 million people making this a significant contribution to sustainable development in Africa.
All these initiatives can only be achieved in partnership with others – alongside governments and local authorities, local and international NGOs, donors and communitybased organisations, and other stakeholders, especially indigenous and local communities.