About WWF Hungary
In the past 25 years of its existence, WWF Hungary was working on conserving our unique natural treasures. After a 100 successful projects, our mission is unchanged: we are working tirelessly for humanity and nature to live in harmony with each other.
Our conservation work extends to the protection of wetlands and natural forests, close-to-nature forest management, the sustainable agriculture and rural development, and also the preservation of protected and endangered habitats and species such as lynx and wolf. Special attention is paid to reducing the impacts of climate change and spreading the word of environmental awareness.
We work closely with national parks, conservation authorities, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, business representatives and the local population – but we also need you on board!
Fields of activity
In many cases we don’t even realize that Hungary is an ecological paradise: we are surrounded by uniquely rich flora and fauna, world famous landscapes and gorgeous natural habitats. Our natural treasures, however, no matter how wonderful, need protection: industrial activities, infrastructure development, legislative changes, lack of knowledge, bad habits - just a few of the many threats. Fortunately, these can be changed. WWF Hungary works on protecting and restoring our natural values, and influencing the creation of the relevant legislation. Our experts are active in many areas, here are some of our most important projects.
We have been working on protecting our forests for a long time. In 2009, we successfully lobbied for a new Forest Law stating that it is mandatory to use nature-friendly and sustainable management measures in state forests. We participated in creating smaller "wilderness areas", such as the forest reserves in the Buda Hills and near the Balaton lake. In 2012, we successfully prevented the logging in the Csarna Valley, Hungary's largest undisturbed, strictly protected forest, with approx. 1000 acres.
We also invested a lot of work in the rehabilitation of our natural habitats. We completed the restoration works of the Liberty Island of the Danube, as our largest freshwater project so far. During the 5 years of the program, we cleaned the side branch of the island near Mohács, therefore gained back the sand and gravel essential to fish spawning. We gave the river back to species like the European Mudminnow and Zingel. The Tiszatarján habitat rehabilitation project is in progress since 2007. The aggressively spreading, invasive false indigo has squeezed the native plants from the wetlands of the Tisza’s tributary making it practically uninhabitable for flora and fauna. Cooperating with the local government, we cleaned the area, created energy plantations and produced not only energy for the local village but jobs as well. The rest of the land was given back to nature, the floodplains were inhabited by the WWF Hungary’s own water buffalos and Hungarian grey cattle.
Since 2003, we have engaged intensively in the protection of large carnivorous, like the wolf and the lynx, which has been slowly returning from being extinct in our country. Our primary aims are to inform the public and to support research. To inform and to protect their natural habitats is the main goal of our 7 year old lynx program. One of our long-term goals is to equip a lynx with a radio telemetry monitoring collar for observing the movement and habits of the animal. We are working together with the Aggtelek National Park to protect our wolves; observe the traces of animals, try to learn about their behaviors, estimate their numbers, and raise awareness to reduce the number of poaching. We want these carnivorous to feel at home again in our forests!
About WWF International
WWF came into existence on 29 April 1961, when a small group of passionate and committed individuals signed a declaration that came to be known as the Morges Manifesto.
This apparently simple act laid the foundations for one what has grown into the world's largest independent conservation organization.
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