Environmental degradation has led to a loss of biodiversity, global warming, increased food security, and other impacts related to climate change. These challenges call for immediate and effective environmental awareness raising efforts and environmental action, especially from young people. 

WOSM and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have a long history of working together which dates back to a collaboration on environmental education in 1973. Since then the adoption of the environmental education and sustainable development resolutions in 2005 at the 37th World Scout Conference, and the launching of the World Scout Environment Programme in 2008 have advanced our work around environmental action. 

The two organisations renewed their collaborative work through a Global Letter of Intent for a Framework of Agreement on the 29th of November 2017, which allowed for country-level collaborations within the organisations’ networks. 

WWF and WOSM have continued to work closely together to fulfil the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the Sustainable Development Goals through different initiatives and programmes, including the Earth Tribe and Champions for Nature Challenge, Earth Hour, Scouts for SDGs, and the establishment of Scout Centres for Excellence for Nature and the Environment (SCENES).

WWF and WOSM have strengthened their collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding which encourages NSOs and WWF country offices to join efforts in order to empower young people for a healthy planet and bring about positive environmental changes. 


Areas of cooperation

  • Environmental education: Earth Tribe, Champions for Nature Challenge, Earth Hour, and Living Planet Report
  • Communications and visibility: joint campaigns and communications products supporting the Champions for Nature Challenge, nature, and biodiversity


Types of support available

  • Event and training support
  • Advocacy collaboration
  • Communications campaigns
  • Technical programme support related to biodiversity and nature
  • Tools and materials for Earth Hour and the Living Planet Report (LPR) 

How NSOs can benefit

  • Support in implementing the Champions for Nature Challenge 
  • Enhanced visibility and brand recognition
  • Joint approaches to policy advocacy relating to biodiversity and nature
  • Collaboration in other areas depending on national programmes and activities


Key actions:

For support to contact your local WWF National Office, please reach out to your World Scout Bureau Regional Support Centre. 

For support on the Earth Tribe and Champions for Nature Challenge, please consult the Better World Framework on WOSM Services.

For support in developing a relationship with WWF or formalising your collaboration with a partnership agreement, please consult the Partnerships Service on the WOSM Service Platform

Related stories:

World Scouting and WWF Renew Partnership for Environmental Education and Action

World Scouting and WWF Join Forces for a Healthy Planet

Case Studies:

Africa Scout Region and WWF Collaborate Efforts for Environmental Action

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