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WWF-India

World Wide Fund for Nature-India, better known by its abbreviation, WWF-India, has been devotedly working to protect and secure natural heritage and ecology for more than 50 years. It has an autonomous office, with the Secretariat based in New Delhi and various state, divisional and project offices spread across India.[1] WWF-India is one of India’s leading conservation organizations.[2] Established as a Charitable Trust in 1969, it has massed almost five decades of experience in the field. Having started with modest beginnings, the organisation has come a long way helped by the efforts of its founders and associates who volunteered their efforts to lend momentum to this movement in its initial years.[3]

Programmes

WWF-India today is engaged in many activities for protection and conservation of the environment in the Indian context. Climate change and energy conservation are among the chief areas of concern. The Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Division strives to promote and enhance conservation of forest ecosystems through a participatory approach involving key stakeholders in India. Through its Environment Education Programme and Education for Sustainable Development, it aims at strengthening individual and institutional capacity in nature conservation and environmental protection through widespread education and awareness.[4]

Education for Sustainable Development

WWF-India launched an Education for Sustainable Development program in June 2013, including a trainer kit with materials in six languages, English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada and Malayalam.[4] The program was targeted at teacher training and educational bodies responsible for curriculum.

As a pilot program, the WWF-India had introduced the program several months earlier in thirteen model schools.[5] One of the model schools, Salbari Higher Secondary School, was transformed by the program. Beyond cleaning up their school, the students set up a bird watching club, planted saplings with protective fencing, made a worm-compost pit, and started several other environmental projects.[4]

As of January 2015, the programme was active in four states.[6]

Controversy

The Silence of the Pandas is a documentary on WWF-International, and also focuses on WWF-India and other WWF branches. A year in the making, this film from the award-winning German film maker Wilfried Huismann sought to dispel the green image of the WWF. Behind the WWF's eco-facade, the film uncovered explosive stories from all around the world.[7]

There has also been a criticism of their tiger conservation projects.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Where We Work". WWF India. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ Chhabra, Dilpreet (6 May 2015). "Preserving the Future – digital campaign illuminates illegal trade in non-charismatic species". traffic.org. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "History". WWF-India: 40 years of Nature Conservation. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Siddiqui Zaman, Rana (12 June 2013). "Lessons painted in green". The Hindu. New Delhi. Archived from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2017 – via ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India.
  5. ^ Banga Chhokar, Kiran (2014). "Whole School Approach Approach Manual Manual" (PDF). wwfindia.org. WWF-India. p. 59. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  6. ^ Lalchandani, Neha (28 January 2015). "UNESCO releases global action programme on 'education in sustainable development'". The Times of India. Nagoya. TNN. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  7. ^ "WWF - Silence of the Pandas - Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  8. ^ "India". pandaleaks.org. Retrieved 24 February 2017. Hundreds of thousands of Adivasi – people of the forest – are once again being driven out to make way for new tiger reserve.

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