In Italy, WWF was founded in 1966. Today it has
more than 300.000 members, and has become the biggest environmental
association of our country. WWF manages 132 protected areas called
" and other natural
WWF is present in Italy through a national office, a
network of 19 regional offices and 230 local divisions, and works
with a large number of volunteers. It organises nation-wide
campaigns to save and protect endangered Italian species, in
particular the wolf, the otter, cetaceans (dolphins), the bear of
the Alps, and the seals of the Mediterranean.
raise awareness of the need for the protection of the environments,
from freshwater habitats, and the Mediterranean Sea to temperate
forests and important wetlands.
WWF also carries out specific
environmental education programs in Italian schools.
is engaged in lobbying activities and exerts pressure on
institutions to obtain effective laws ( i.e. the law regulating the
creation of National Parks, lobbying for application of the Kyoto
Protocol, pressurising the government for the ratification of the
Washington Convention on the trade in endangered species).
2002 WWF Italy will work on 4 priority themes: Forests, Oceans and
Coasts, Fresh Water Ecosystems and endangered Species, and will also
promote WWF's global Climate Change campaign for the reduction of
the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Furthermore WWF Italy is
actively working on a regional scale for the protection of the
Mediterranean and Alpine ecoregions through the development of
trans-national conservation projects.
WWF Italy is funded
through the membership fees of its 300,000 members, through
donations and through planned gifts (wills and