CARE and WWF: Innovating and Learning Together

CARE and WWF: Innovating and Learning Together

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In 2008 CARE and WWF launched an alliance to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. The world’s poorest communities often depend on their immediate environment for food, water, shelter, and income. These communities are especially vulnerable when the ecosystems in which they live become damaged, degraded, or overtaxed by the demands of the global marketplace.

CARE and WWF were already working side by side on several projects when they recognized they could confront these challenges more effectively by working together more closely.

The goals of the CARE-WWF Alliance are:

  • To establish healthy livelihoods and healthy ecosystems to ensure natural resources are managed for current and future generations
  • To empower citizens, especially vulnerable girls and women
  • To build supportive policies and institutions from the community to the global level

Building on lessons learned from decades of conservation and humanitarian development work, the CARE-WWF Alliance transcends geographic and political boundaries to focus on building a sustainable future for rural communities living in fragile ecosystems.

CARE-WWF pilot program in Mozambique

The Coastal Communities initiative of the CARE-WWF Alliance works with communities and partners at the local, national and regional level to secure a healthy marine and coastal ecosystem in East Africa.

Engaging with more than 10,000 coastal households in Mozambique since 2008, results so far include:

  • Developing marine sanctuaries to facilitate rebounding fish stocks
  • Introducing new conservation agriculture techniques to increase productivity and ecosystem services
  • Organizing community associations and village savings and loans to expand markets and incomes from fishing and agricultural activities

The Coastal Communities initiative is just the beginning. The CARE-WWF Alliance includes a 10-year commitment by both organizations to foster community-based natural resource management on a global scale never before achieved. The aim is to not only protect marine areas but also sustainably manage the natural resources for the benefit and enhanced livelihoods of local coastal communities.



Abiba Ussene and Chugue Chugo work together to catch fish as they move through the man-made saltwater fish farm spearheaded by CARE and the World Wildlife Fund. © 2010 Ausi Petrelius/CARE


Creating a Food-Secure Future for Coastal Communities in Mozambique

This is the story of coastal fisheries in Mozambique. Diverse voices explain the local challenges and opportunities as they scale-up towards sustainability of the oceans and its resources. The video introduces artisanal fishers, a local processor, and Mozambique’s Minister of Fisheries who share insights into coastal communities, fisheries impacts in local, regional and international markets, and government actions to support both the country’s sustainable development and food security for local men and women.