WHO WE ARE
THE BIG PICTURE
- We are facing an existential crisis - worldwide and in our region, driven by climate change and biodiversity loss.
- The impacts of these interrelated crises are already affecting communities, businesses and society as a whole, and increasing the already existing instability of our political, economic and social systems.
- Science tells us the time is limited where we still can change our path and avoid the most catastrophic consequences.
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE …
- contains many of Europe’s greatest natural values, including primary and old growth forests, wetlands and free-flowing rivers as well as areas of wilderness.
- is home to healthy populations of brown bears, wolves and lynx, and the most important remaining refuges in Europe for the globally threatened sturgeon.
- has a rich diversity of languages, cultures and ethnicities.
Despite this rich heritage, the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe are more challenged than their neighbours to the North and West. They have to endure less stable economies, fluctuating governance and struggling civil society and media. While our countries benefit from membership or proximity to the European Union, they nevertheless face environmental problems not dissimilar to those of the global South and East.
We are here to save the globally important forests, rivers, wetlands and species in the “Green Heart of Europe”.
The “Green Heart of Europe” is saved and people live in harmony with nature.
WWF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE (WWF-CEE)
As the first multi-country, self-governing member of the global WWF network, WWF-CEE is pioneering a model for empowering and embedding WWF in smaller countries and markets. It is active in seven countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe, including legal entities in five countries (WWF-Romania, WWF-Hungary, WWF-Bulgaria, WWF-Slovakia and WWF-Ukraine) and an Austrian-registered association serving as Secretariat. It also manages WWF activities via consultancies and partner organisations in the Czech Republic and Moldova.
WWF-CEE provides overall leadership and coordination of WWF’s commitment in the Danube and Carpathian eco-regions, including engagement with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the Convention for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathian Mountains (Carpathian Convention).