WWF-CEE is active in seven countries of Central and Southeastern Europe. It includes legal entities in five countries (WWF-Romania, WWF-Hungary, WWF-Bulgaria, WWF-Slovakia and WWF-Ukraine) and an Austrian-registered association serving as secretariat. It also manages WWF engagement via consultancies and partner organisations in the Czech Republic and Moldova. WWF-CEE also provides overall leadership and coordination for WWF’s engagement in the Danube and Carpathian eco-regions, including engagement with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSD), the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the Convention for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathian Mountains (Carpathian Convention).
In 2019 we took some big steps toward improving WWF’s long-term ability to facilitate, lead and support conservation in Central and Southeastern Europe. In April 2019, we changed our name from the WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme to WWF Central and Eastern Europe (WWF-CEE). Governance of the organisation passed from WWF International to a board of directors drawn from and involved with our region. At the same time, we worked to strengthen our organisation and presence, not least with the establishment of legal entities in Slovakia and Ukraine. The transformation will be completed in July 2020 when WWF-CEE becomes the first self-governing, multi-country member of the WWF global network.