World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF) and Survival International Charitable Trust
Lead NCPSwitzerland
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by Survival International Charitable Trust regarding the World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF) concerning the human rights of the Baka people of southeast Cameroon related to the environmentally protected areas that the government of Cameroon has introduced with the financial and logistical support of WWF.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights, Environment
Date19 Feb 2016
Host country(ies)Cameroon
Industry sectorAgriculture, forestry and fishing
StatusIn progress

Read the initial assessment issued by the Swiss NCP – 20 December 2016

On 19 February 2016, the Swiss NCP received a submission from the NGO Survival International Charitable Trust, regarding the activities of World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF), another NGO, headquartered in Switzerland.

The submitter claims that WWF has not observed the Guidelines in particular by failing to conduct due diligence and by not making its support for the demarcation of the protected areas conditional upon the free, prior and informed consent of the Baka people of southeast Cameroon.

On 20 December 2016, after exchanging with the parties, the Swiss NCP released its initial assessment stating that the issues raised in this submission merit further consideration. The NCP will offer its good offices to the parties.