The Russian government declared the environmental NGO World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), one of the most important in the world, as “foreign agent” by accusing the group of using their environmental demands as a cover for influence national politics.
“Under the pretext of activities to protect nature, the representatives of the fund tried to influence decisions of the executive and legislative authorities of Russia, hindered the implementation of industrial and infrastructure projects”, according to the statement of the Russian Ministry of Justice collected by the chain RBC.
According to the note, “the fund also disseminated negative information on the decisions made by state bodies and their policies”.
Sources from the Russian branch of the NGO confirmed to the agency APD that intend to appeal this decision and, in an additional statement, the agency recalls that it has been working in the country for more than three decades and that all members of its board of directors are Russian citizens.
“The fund has been working for the benefit of Russian nature since 1994, thanks in part to the support of more than 1.5 million people who support us in the country. Our thanks go to them and our request that they continue with us in these difficult times,” the NGO explained.
He World Wide Fund for Nature It presents itself on its official website as “the world’s leading conservation organization.” Born in Switzerland in 1961, it is known by the panda logo and is present in more than 100 countries.
“With a scientific approach, is distinguished by a combination of local presence and global reach, as well as for innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. To achieve this, create long term synergies with different sectors -government, business and social-, and applies the best practices of governance and transparency”, says the NGO.
It also indicates that he currently focuses his work on 13 Global Initiatives“large-scale efforts with the potential to positively impact priority species and ecoregions, and reduce the ecological footprint of humans on the environment. Among them are: Amazon, Arctic, Climate and energy, Market Transformation, Tigers, Responsible Fishing, the Coral Triangle and the East Coast of Africa”.
And he adds: “Among his goals, supports the recovery and growth of populations of the most important species from an ecological, economic and cultural point of view. Thus, it focuses, among others, on the great African apes, African rhinos, Asian big cats, the giant panda, sea turtles, marine cetaceans and the polar bear.
Likewise, it promotes the protection and sustainable management of the most biologically important natural places on earth.
Among your guiding principles, highlight that you are a global, independent, multicultural and apolitical organization; who use the better information and scientific resources available to address environmental issues and critically evaluate all initiatives; and? seek dialogue with all social sectors and avoid unnecessary conflicts.
They also aim offer concrete conservation solutions through the combination of field projects, political and economic initiatives, training and education; involve local communities and indigenous peoples in the planning and implementation of field programsrespecting their cultural and economic needs; build alliances with other organizations, governments, businesses and local communities to improve their effectiveness; and conduct business profitably and effectivelyand apply the funds of its donors with the maximum responsibility of management.
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