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WWF Slovakia is much needed

To start up a WWF office in Slovakia, as there isn't one and the country needs a bit of a wake up call in regards to environmental issues. If you go to http://www.wwf.sk/ which should be the Slovakian WWF page, you just receive a complaint about WWF not being in Slovakia.
I've just started my second job as an English teacher in Slovakia, and have been asked to start a club. I've opted for Environmental Action, as it's something I care about and as already mentioned, this country needs educating in such matters somewhat. The school I am working for is a private school, so there's plenty of money, and any students which would be working on the project would obviously be doing it for free.
I've contacted a few other organisations in order to get them to visit the school e.g. Greenpeace, and they are all more than willing, but after contacting the WWF, I learnt that it isn't a possibility and that they don't even have an office in the country.
When I was a child, in the 80's, I used to collect WWF cards with animals on and loved them. Wouldn't it be nice if such products were available here too?
So, to cut a long story short, can we help you setup a base in this country too?
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  • Miriam (Official Rep) August 30, 2012 09:44
    Hello Paul

    Thank you for your interest in WWF, especially in Slovakia.
    There are a number of issues that can be addressed here.
    1. Currently our WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Office is involved in working in Slovakia. For information on the work they are doing and their contact details please see the following webpages
    http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where...
    http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where...

    2. In terms of setting up an office specifically in WWF Slovakia
    Presently, WWF has primary offices in 50 plus countries around the world. For the time being, it has been decided that our organization should concentrate on strengthening the existing WWF network and conservation programmes, and not to set up new offices.

    Moreover, there is a set criteria upon which WWF decides whether or not to open an office in a particular country. Indeed, a lot of resources, both time and money is involved in considering the establishment of a WWF office. At the outset, an assessment as to whether a WWF presence is required in a country needs to be carried out, in particular if there are already local organizations undertaking the conservation work.

    3. In terms of cards and printed material
    As we attempt to keep our costs and the use of paper as low as possible we have very limited printed material, including such things as cards. You can get the required information from our website and print it out if that helps.

    All the best.
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  • Hello :)
    I shall contact the Danube-Carpathian Programme and see if I can get someone to pay us a visit. The office in the UK said they're probably isn't much chance of this, but I'll give it a whirl anyway.
    I hope WWF does decide that their presence is needed in Slovakia, as I believe it is. People trying to build ski slopes in National Parks and bypassing official proceedings, bears being shot left, right and centre, all the recycling being emptied into normal rubbish dumps (in some cities anyway), fly-tipping in the nicest of areas, and even ham being on a vegetarian menu!
    In regards to the cards, I didn't actually mean for you to think that they should be produced, I was merely referring to how I grew up with WWF held firmly in the forefront of my mind, and how I wished it could be the same for the children here. I obviously didn't get this point across succinctly enough, and I apologise for this. To make things worse, in retrospect I believe they were stickers and not cards! Doh!
    Anyway, if you do ever have a scheme where schools can actively take part in some local WWF campaigning, please let me know. As I said yesterday, all the administration will be free, and we could even print our own material, if you provide us with your permission and the digital template. I used to manage a small company which is now thriving, so I have some understanding of how these things work.
    Thank you very much for your response, may these words find you in tiptop condition, and may you thoroughly enjoy this crazy ride we call life.
    Yours sincerely,
    Paul
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  • Mim (Official Rep) September 05, 2012 00:46
    Thanks Paul,
    I really get your passion and enthusiasm, and of course I understand you want to make a difference in this world and get the kids involved! :)
    Let me know what our Danube office says, and which projects are running in your local area. Perhaps the local schools could get involved?

    Meanwhile there is a page on our website about How You Can Help - aimed primarily at children/youth, but applicable to everyone. This could be a good starting point for a local initiative or school project? Have a look and see what ideas you can generate. I agree that educating the next generation is a critical factor in helping to shape our future:
    http://wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help/

    Wishing you all the best and Good Luck!

    Mim Osterberg
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