Celebrating 40 years, 1969-2009
WWF-India at a glance
One family for a living planet
- In 1969 the Indian National Appeal was launched by Mrs. Indira Gandhi
“Conservation succeeds only when the people adopt the movement as their own encouraging and supporting government action. Voluntary organization can and should do much more to stimulate public awareness.”
- In the early 70’s WWF- India led a very successful campaign to save the Great Indian Bustard
- WWF- India provided the seed grant for establishing the Madras Snake Park in 1971
- In 1980, the Sea Turtle Conservation Project was launched by WWF- India.
- In 1984, its recommendation to notify Buxa in north Bengal as a Tiger Reserve was accepted.
- WWF- India has been involved in an advisory capacity right from the inception of Project Tiger with several of its trustees- eminent conservationists in their own right being on the Project Tiger Steering Committee, the Indian Board for Wildlife, and other national apex bodies for wildlife conservation.
- Other campaigns have led to the establishment of the Delhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Mansarovar Lake and Dodai Lake Sanctuaries, Balpakhram Sanctuary in Meghalaya.
- TRAFFIC- India made notable contributions in the field of live bird trade, ivory, edible swiftlet nests, sandalwood, shahtoosh, pangolin, musk, bear bile, tiger parts, and rhino horn.
- In the year 1987, the name changed to World Wide Fund for Nature- India.
- In 1989, the eminent scientist Dr. M. S. Swaminathan took over as the President.
- Community Biodiversity Conservation Movement was launched.
- In 1989-90, the new Secretariat building- Pirojsha Godrej National Conservation Centre was completed and the headquarters were shifted to Delhi.
- In 1991, WWF- India adopted a New Mission Statement.
- The Hot Spots Programme began in the Western Ghats in 1992.
- In 1993, the Hot Spots Conservation Programme began in the Eastern Himalayas.
- The National Environmental Law Centre was established in 1993.
- WWF- India completed 25 Years in 1994.
- The Indira Gandhi Conservation and Monitoring Centre was dedicated to the nation.
- In the year 1995, the Tiger Conservation Fund was launched.
- The Hot Spots Conservation Programme began in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Over 30 million people in India participated in the “Earth Hour 60” campaign by switching off their lights and joining a billion people worldwide to raise their voice against climate change.
- WWF- India re-introduced Gharials into the River Ganges.
- WWF- India got the corporates to disclose their carbon emissions with the Carbon Disclosure Report.
- The Indus Dolphin was rediscovered.
- WWF- India was instrumental in the first ever Rhino translocation in Assam…Vision 2020.
- WWF- India has been instrumental in the notification of Ramsar Sites in India Critical wetlands went up from 6 to 25
- WWF- India facilitated the setting up of the first Community Conservation Areas in Arunachal Pradesh.
- It has also worked for the promotion of sustainable agriculture and reducing water and pesticide inputs for Thirsty Crops.