WWF, which originally stood for World Wildlife Fund, then for World Wide Fund for Nature and became simply WWF in 2001, is the world’s leading NGO devoted to the protection of Nature. Based in Gland in Switzerland, it is an independent organisation with more than 4.7 million members worldwide. The organisation relies on a vast network operating in 96 countries and carrying out 12,000 nature-protection programs. WWF implements its programs working with key partners such as local communities, businesses, government agencies and international and non-governmental organisations. Its main role is to closely watch over the enforcement of international laws, restoring damaged natural areas, training and education.