WWF India’s work in conserving key species of national and global importance over the last five decades in India have resulted in significant increase in protection of the priority species, their habitats and ecosystems. WWF India is focusing efforts towards conservation of priority species, such as the Royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Indian or greater one-horned rhino, Ganges river dolphin, Snow leopard and Red panda. Apart from the priority species, WWF India also has a Threatened Species Conservation Programme that includes the species such as Sarus crane, Common leopard, Great Indian bustard, Himalayan quail, House sparrow, Nilgiri tahr, Gharial, Asiatic lion, Ganges river dolphin, Black-necked crane, Smooth-coated otter, Golden mahseer, Indian pangolin and Brow-antlered deer.
WWF India began tiger conservation in the early 1970s by providing support to Project Tiger - the first-ever tiger conservation programme of the Govt. of India. In 1990s, WWF India initiated a focused Tiger Conservation Programme & currently works in seven tiger landscapes: Terai Arc, Sundarbans, Satpuda-Maikal, North Bank, Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong & Western Ghats-Nilgiris. WWF India also works in other important tiger habitats, namely Ranthambore, Similipal, Panna & Buxa Tiger Reserves.
Freshwater environments include rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams and underground aquifers. Freshwater is crucial for sustenance of life on the planet. WWF India’s River for Life, Life for River programme is aimed at ensuring ecological integrity of rivers and their associated ecosystems, and sustainable water management. This is helping improve the population and habitats of endemic and endangered aquatic species like Gangetic dolphins, gharial, otters, golden mahseer fish and turtles.
Climate change is the biggest environmental crisis of our time. Many species will face extinction due to global warming. WWF India is working to generate awareness about clean and efficient energy solutions, climate innovations and mobilizing communities to come together and take collective action reversing climate change.
India’s has rich dazzling marine biodiversity. Marine life is threatened by plastic pollution, industrial waste, unsustainable fishing, unregulated tourism and unplanned coastal development. WWF India is working to protect and conserve critical marine habitats by addressing the issues of ghost fishing, agricultural run-off, marine debris and plastic pollution.