How We Work

Our approach focuses on best practices, partnerships, science and research

© Rafael Jantz / WWF-Guianas

In the 1960’s WWF was the first international non-profit organization in the Guianas to work on nature conservation. Our focus was on species conservation on the ground, especially marine turtles. Since this beginning the world has changed considerable. Threats of biodiversity have become more urgent and more complex and preservation of nature requires a much wider approach.

This is reflected in the way we operate. Our work concentrates on four thematic areas: forest, freshwater, oceans and wildlife. Besides the traditional conservation work on the ground, our approach has a strong emphasis on influencing decision making processes, institutional capacity building and strong strategic partnership with government, businesses and non governmental organizations. 


We organize our work around the following areas 








In our work we seek to build upon previous experiences and lessons learned from our efforts. Our approach focuses on best practices, partnerships, and science and research. We invest in building up and demonstrating best practices with stakeholders at landscape level, in forests, freshwater, oceans and iconic species. And we apply environmental social safeguards across our practices.


People’s livelihoods depend on the availability of natural resources, such as clean water and air and healthy food. That is why people are at the heart of our new strategy. We can only successfully protect biodiversity if we work closely with indigenous and local communities that have been stewards for nature for generations. And we can only manage our natural resources sustainably if we work on influencing attitudes and behaviors of people, decision making of governments and policyies of businesses that impact nature.


As a solutions oriented and science based organization WWF builds a bridge between knowledge and practice, while at the same respecting traditional knowledge. By introduce innovations and implementing these with partners we help solving issues that challenge us. And by tapping into the power of the worldwide network of WWF we have access to an impressive source of expertise, best practices and experience to achieve our ambitious conservation goals.