Our region is the “Green Heart of Europe” – sheltering many of the continent’s remaining areas of relative wilderness, its natural forests, wetlands as well as the species that depend on them. It is home to over half the European populations of large carnivores, including brown bear, wolf and European lynx, and five species of sturgeon. The region includes the Danube and Carpathian ecoregions, two of the 200 most valuable natural areas on Earth, and a string of World Heritage Sites, from the primeval beech forests of Slovakia and Ukraine to Pirin National Park in Bulgaria, as well as globally important wetlands such as the Danube Delta or the Mura-Drava-Danube corridor, “Europe’s Amazon”.
Following WWF activities in the region as far back as the 1980s a long institutionalizing process took its course which is still on-going.
Changing its name from WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme (WWF-DCP) to WWF Central and Eastern Europe (WWF-CEE) in 2020, WWF-CEE is now the umbrella organisation to five legal entities plus many local project offices in five countries (WWF-Romania, WWF-Hungary, WWF-Bulgaria, WWF-Slovakia and WWF-Ukraine) and an Austrian-registered association serving as secretariat. In order to find out more about how the country offices contribute to the common mission of WWF-CEE and about country-specific activities, please click on the country riders.