Promoting healthy ecosystems to build resilience to climate change


World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

WWF South Africa was established in 1968 as the local office of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – the world’s largest and most experienced conservation organisation, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.

Recently the WWF global network substantially broadened its mandate to include not only the preservation of biodiversity, but to also drive fundamental behavioural change within civil society, business and government.

WWF works with various partners to conserve outstanding places and species as well as build resilient landscapes that support people.

Together with government, civil society and the private sector, WWF works to ensure that healthy marine and freshwater ecosystems underpin the sustainable development of South Africa.

WWF aims to work towards a low carbon economy for South Africa, focussing on climate change advocacy and sustainable trade and investment.

Through various environmental education initiatives we invest in the conservation managers and environmental leaders of the future.

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biodiversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Ultimately WWF South Africa believes by working with people, together we will change behaviour and leave a living planet.

Policies on climate change
WWF participates in the development of policy positions internationally through the Climate Action Network (CAN) and Global Campaign for Action on Climate Change (GCCA); and for South Africa through the SA Climate Action Network (SA-CAN).

It is important that climate change policy is informed by science that is credible, robust and up to date.

This means:
- Ensuring that global warming stays well below 2 degrees Celsius
- Keeping global atmospheric greenhouse gas levels below 400 parts per million
- Keeping within a “carbon budget” of 1 000 billion tonnes of CO2 and 1 400 billion tonnes (in CO2e) of all greenhouse gasses from 2000 to 2050.

Such a target requires reducing the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by between 80 and 95% from 1990 levels by 2050.

By 2020, rich industrialized countries need to have reduced their emissions by 25-40%, while developing nations should be able to demonstrate that they are emitting significantly less than if they had taken no action to curb emissions.

WWF supports a price and/or cap on carbon, as well as markets in which carbon allocations and offsets can be traded. We also support large-scale public and private sector investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy , with financial backing provided by wealthy nations to poor nations.

For more information contact
Head Office:
Millennia Park
16 Stellentia Avenue

Private Bag X2

Tel: +27 21 888 2800
Fax: +27 21 888 2888

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Posted: 12/8/2009 (3:08:47 AM)

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