A growing population and increasing infrastructure needs also led to the decimation of animal habitats and forests, and resulted in loss and endangerment of animal and plant species only found in Pakistan.
In order to bridge the awareness and knowledge gaps of the government and general public, and to tackle the growing conservation challenges, WWF-Pakistan was established in 1970 to create a future where people could live in harmony with nature.
Our planet is in crisis – wildlife numbers have fallen by more than half since 1970, and species are becoming extinct at an alarming rate.
For its first fifteen years, WWF-Pakistan was a small organization, which relied on individuals for financial support and honourary scientific input. It was in the late 1980s that the first formal project for environmental education was initiated. Since then, the programmes of WWF-Pakistan have expanded rapidly to increase its conservation efforts.
WWF-Pakistan works around 20 offices with a team of close to 250 dedicated staff members. With its head office in Lahore, it has regional offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and Quetta, and project offices wherever there is need and the potential to make a difference.
Globally, WWF is present in over 100 countries, with almost four million supporters, and 6,200 staff members.
WWF have a global vision when it comes to conservation, but we hold true to local perspectives and needs while accomplishing our work.
WWF-Pakistan aims to conserve nature and ecological processes by:
- Preserving genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity;
- Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, both now and in the longer term;
- Promoting action to reduce pollution and the wasteful exploitation and consumption of resources and energy.
50 Years of Conservation in Pakistan
WWF came to into being in Pakistan in 1970 when Founding Member, Syed Babar Ali was encouraged to start a local chapter of the World Willdife Appeal.