Pandemics can be stopped.
Act now to help communities recover and rebuild.
Our broken relationship with nature comes at a cost.
As Southeast Asia confronts this pandemic, some are hit even harder than others. COVID-19 has led to the loss of lives, loss of jobs and a shock to our global economy.
Pandemics and emerging diseases will continue to plague us unless we work towards the real solutions: to protect nature and empower others to do the same.
For Nature For Us is a Community and Recovery Programme that supports WWF’s efforts to address pandemics while building towards a better future.
Zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 are a stark reminder of how people and nature are interconnected. Human activities that encroach upon wild places or exploit wildlife increase the risk of pandemics. To lower this risk, we must rebalance our relationship with nature.
Now is the time for systemic change to address the environmental drivers of pandemics and build a more resilient future.
Your support will help:
We are tackling illegal wildlife trade at source, point of sale, in transit and the demand markets. WWF works towards strengthening legislation and enforcement on illegal wildlife trade in Singapore and the region.
We strengthen enforcement measures and engage local communities in priority regional landscapes. We also support enforcement and outreach efforts to build capacity of anti-poaching teams, improving protected area management through SMART monitoring and engaging local communities.
The double threat of the pandemic and drought caused by climate change is pushing the lives of thousands of people in Southeast Asia to dire circumstances: they face unemployment, impacted livelihoods and lack of fresh drinking water. WWF aims to help people in these communities access safe potable water, ensure adequate sanitation and healthcare practices, and improve their livelihoods.
Support WWF’s education programme in Singapore, aimed at equipping youths with the knowledge and skills to protect the environment. Through teacher resources packs and community webinars, we aim to make environmental education fun and accessible. This also supports our Cyber Spotter illegal wildlife trade volunteer programme to help detect and report suspicious online listings in real time.
As habitats get destroyed, wildlife species are put into more regular contact with each other and humans
This gives diseases greater ability to pass between species, and make the jump from animals to people
Animals are taken from their natural habitat to food markets, some of which illegally sell wildlife
Illegal and unregulated markets bring wildlife and common domestic animals into close contact with each other, providing ideal conditions for microbes to jump between species and new diseases to emerge
The expansion and intensification of agriculture is a key driver of land use change, bringing humans and livestock into closer proximity to wildlife and potential diseases
Modern livestock cultivation is frequently intensive, often involving thousand of the same species. The close proximity and lack of genetic diversity increases the chance of rapid spread of viruses, and their jump to people
This global pandemic will not stop us, and can only push us to do more to protect people and nature.
There are many vital actions needed to secure a future for nature, people, our economies, and health. Your support makes a difference.