Development partners

WWF-Australia is engaged in a number of collaborative relationships with international development organisations; and together we implement activities, build capacity and share lessons.


Partnering with AusAID since 1994

Unsustainable demands on our forests, freshwater and marine resources directly threaten the lives and livelihoods, environments and economies of some of the world’s poorest people – including millions of our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific. WWF-Australia continues to work in partnership with AusAID, the Australian Government’s overseas aid program, to alleviate poverty, promote sustainable livelihoods and conserve some of the most biodiverse environments in the world.

Australian Volunteers for International Development


WWF-Australia works closely with the Australian Government’s Australian Volunteers for International Development Program funded by AusAID. The programmes mobilise skilled, business and youth volunteers on short and long-term assignments across the globe. The majority of the current volunteers that work for WWF come through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program. AYAD aims to strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and the countries of Asia, the Pacific and Africa and make a positive contribution to development.

Poverty Environment Partnership


WWF is closely involved in the Poverty Environment Partnership which is an informal network of development agencies, which seeks to improve the coordination of work on poverty reduction and the environment within the framework of internationally agreed principles and processes for sustainable development.

Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank and WWF have had a partnership for over ten years. Over the years, the organisations have collaborated on sustainable environmental development in the Coral Triangle Initiative, Heart of Borneo, Living Himalayas Initiative, and the Greater Mekong Sub-region and water and climate change as cross-cutting themes. New areas of collaboration are being explored around green growth and ecosystem based adaptation.

Social Development for Conservation Team

WWF-Australia is a member of the Social Development for Conservation Team (SD4C) which is a network of WWF experts who encourage and enable the better understanding of social challenges in conservation, coordinate the drafting of WWF network social policies, support consistent mainstreaming of these policies in offices and programmes, and help assessment of WWF’s impacts in changing socio-economic parameters in the places where we work. It consists of a global team and three regional networks (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean). The structures, and its regional reach, are key factors in the SD4C ability to capture and broker thinking, learning, best practices and policy work on social and development issues in WWF offices, foster interactions and exchange within the three regions, and help build the needed capacities.
Volunteer from the Mangrove Action Project  planting mangrove seedlings in abandonned shrimp ponds ... / ©: naturepl.com /Tim Laman / WWF
Volunteer from the Mangrove Action Project planting mangrove seedlings in abandonned shrimp ponds near Jaring Halus Village, North Sumatra. Dykes have been opened to restore natural tidal flow to the ponds. North Sumatra, Indonesia. June 2006.
© naturepl.com /Tim Laman / WWF