- conserving the world’s biological diversity
- ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; and
- promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption
Why does WWF work on the EU level?The EU is responsible for approximately 80% of environmental laws in the member states and for policies such as agriculture, fisheries, regional aid, climate and energy, trade and development cooperation. The WWF European Policy Office advocates on the EU level for a more sustainable future for people and planet.
The EU is also a major player in international environmental and development agreements - such as the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its recently agreed Paris Agreement. It is also active in many other international arenas that affect nature conservation and environmental sustainability worldwide, such as the World Trade Organisation.
Partners & donorsWWF’s work would not be possible without building strong and lasting relationships with our WWF Offices in the EU and also globally, and with other supporters, donors and partners, including foundations, private sector organisations and the European Commission.
In 2016 (financial year 07/2015 - 06/2016), the public financing from European sources received at WWF European Policy Office was equivalent to 760117 euros (16.4% of whole income). 50% of WWF EPO' staff time was directly attributed to interest representation with EU institutions.
WWF also cooperates with other NGOs working on environmental and development policy in Brussels. We are part of the ‘Green 10’, an informal coalition of the ten leading environmental NGOs active at EU level, and of CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development.
The ‘Green 10’ work with EU institutions to ensure that environmental issues are at the heart of policy-making. Through their individual networks, the ‘Green 10’ activities reflect the views of some 20 million European citizens.
As a non-profit organisation WWF's European Policy Office (EPO) received funding in the present financial year from:
- WWF National Offices
- The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE)
- The European Climate Foundation
- The MAVA Foundation
- Oceans 5
- Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
LIFE programme and operating grants for NGOs
The European Commission’s LIFE Regulation, which was published on 20 December 2013, sets a budget for 2014–2020 of €3.4 billion in current prices. Learn more...
Progressive businessess are allies in our advocacy work, both in Brussels and at national level. Find out more about WWF International’s private sector engagement.