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WWF (formally World Wildlife Fund)

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organisation that was founded on 29 April 1961 in Switzerland.

One of the prominent key people involved with the WWF in the UK has been HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The WWF is working on issues regarding the research, conservation and restoration of the environment.

The WWF is still officially called the World Wildlife Fund in Canada and the United States.

It is the world's largest independent conservation organisation with over 5 million supporters worldwide.

Working in more than 100 countries the WWF supports around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects.

The WWF is a "not for profit" foundation which gets is main funding from individuals and bequests mainly but also gets funding from government sources such as the World Bank and also donations from businesses.

The WWF states its mission is "to halt and reverse the destruction of our environment".

Much of the WWF work focuses on the conservation of three main areas, oceans and coasts, forests, and freshwater ecosystems. The WWF is also concerned with researching and campaigning on issues such as endangered species, pollution and climate change.

WWF Global Website | WWF UK website

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Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was founded in 1895 originally as the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) and in a "not for profit" wildlife organisation that works to conserve more than two million square miles of wild places around the world.

Based at the Bronx Zoo, the WCS maintains approximately 500 field conservation projects in 65 countries, with around 200 PhD scientists on staff..

WCS manages four New York City wildlife parks in addition to the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. These parks between them receive around 4.5 million visitors per year.

WCS Website

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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy was formed in 1951 by a group of scientists who wanted to take direct action to save threatened natural areas around the world.

The organisation joins forces with governments, non-profit organisations, local stakeholders, indigenous communities, corporate partners, and international organisations to find solutions to conservation challenges.

Their conservation tactics include the protection of private lands, the creation of conservation-minded public policies, and the funding of conservation projects around the world.

Among The Nature Conservancy's more innovative conservation approaches is the debt-for-nature swaps. Such transactions ensure biodiversity conservation in exchange for debt owed by a developing country. Such debt-for-nature programs have been successful in many countries including Panama, Peru, and Guatemala.

In 1955 The Nature Conservancy acquired its first parcel of land, a 60-acre tract along the Mianus River Gorge which lies on the border of New York and Connecticut. That same year, the organization established the Land Preservation Fund, a conservation tool that is still used today by The Nature Conservancy to help provide funding for worldwide conservation efforts.

The Nature Conservancy works to protect more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide. The organisation operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

Working in all 50 states of the USA and more than 35 countries the Nature Conservancy is working to protect habitats involving climate change, fresh water habitats, oceans, and other wildlife habitats.

The Nature Conservancy is involved with conservation is from grasslands to coral reefs in countries all around the globe.

Nature Conservancy Website

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The Wildlife Trusts

There are 47 Wildlife Trusts and each Wildlife Trust is an independent, autonomous charity with its own trustees, whose primary concern is the conservation of nature within its own geographical area.

Wildlife Trusts are split into regions; a single Trust covers Scotland; Wales has six Trusts; there are Trusts for Ulster, the Isle of Man, Alderney and the Isles of Scilly and 36 Trusts across England largely based on the old county boundaries or small groupings of such counties.

It started in May 1912 when Charles Rothschild started promoting his idea for saving and preserving places for nature.

His initial meeting led to the formation of the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves, which would become the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. It was the beginning of UK nature conservation as we know it.

The Society worked to secure Government protection for sites across the UK they considered "worthy of preservation". Then in 1949 nature conservation made it onto the UK statute books with the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act in 1949.

Local conservation organisations which were the forerunners to Wildlife Trusts of today were beginning to spring up across the UK. The first was Norfolk in 1926, followed by Yorkshire in 1946 and Lincolnshire in 1948.

The 1950s saw more local conservation groups being formed and by the end of the 1950s the Wildlife Trusts Society took on the role of a national association to represent them.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust was formed in 1964.

Wildlife Trusts now covered the whole of Britain.

The organisation expanded further in 1978 with the formation of the Ulster Wildlife Trust.

There are now 47 Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney.

Wildlife Trusts Website

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