The World Wide Fund for Nature in Poland is devoted to the conservation of natural treasures that are “preserved on a scale that is rarely found in Europe”, according to the organisation.
As the crown jewels, it particularly mentions the oldest forest of the European lowlands – the Bialowieza Forest – the last large and natural European river – the Vistula – unique riparian forests, peat bogs, and diverse agricultural landscapes.
For many years, WWF was fighting for the Baltic Sea to be awarded the status of Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) which protects marine basins from devastation caused by intense navigation. These efforts were rewarded in 2005.
WWF, in the intention of securing both the fishermen’s’ future as well as the endangered Baltic fish resources, is carrying out the “Sustainable fishery” programme. WWF supports those fishing practices which cause the smallest damages to the environment and do not lead to overcatch. The programme assumes mutual benefits: the populations of rare or nearly extinct species get a chance for rebuilding, while fishermen gain access to more plentiful fish resources.