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See how the Nature Needs Half vision can be realized in practice by setting aside space for nature in this Zoological Society of London video.

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We are a growing international network of over 30 organizations calling for a global deal to protect half of nature.

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Nature Needs Half is a vision and practice for people and planet.

Nature Needs Half

Why Now?

How do we achieve the goal?

Nature Needs Half  is a science-based and common-sense vision of a relationship between people and nature that ensures enough natural areas of land and water are protected and interconnected – and of sufficient size and resiliency – to provide life-supporting ecosystem and biodiversity services that are essential  to both  human health and prosperity and  a bountiful, beautiful legacy of wild nature.


The magnitude of the global ecological crisis we face today – and the availability of better and more accurate ecological information — demands that conservationists provide a clear and accurate global conservation target that will realistically keep our planet viable.


Reaching the goal of at least half is ambitious but achievable. The short term milestone for the progress of this vision is to move urgently to protect at least half of the planet’s remaining large, mostly intact wilderness areas (for example Boreal Forests, the Amazon Basin, and formally protecting Antarctica), while achieving incremental gains by quickly protecting surviving remnants in fragmented areas of very high biological importance.


Nature Needs Half was shooting in Bhutan, we happened upon a huge festival at Punaka Dzong. ... See MoreSee Less

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James Brundige is a veteran of many Himalayan shoots, from Mt. Everest in Tibet to K2 in Pakistan, Stok Kangri in India, and Ama Dablam in Nepal. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's the film team on Jele La, a 16,000 pass. Chadu the pony carried the tripod. ... See MoreSee Less

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Nature Needs Half spent three weeks documenting Bhutan's amazing park system. Here's Harvey Locke at the entrance to Jigme Dorji Park, which includes the highest Himalayan parts of Bhutan. ... See MoreSee Less

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We also spoke with Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, responsible also for the parks system. ... See MoreSee Less

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#NatureNeedsHalf in #Bhutan documenting the country’s amazing parks system, on a 16k’ pass. Chadu the pony carried the tripod.

Friend and colleague, leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania — strengthening our resolve.

#natureneedshalf in #Bhutan! This is our very own @JamesBrundige, a veteran of many Himalayan shoots.

#NatureNeedsHalf spent 3 weeks documenting the park system in #Bhutan. Here’s @harveylockeyyc near one of the tallest points in the country.

#NatureNeedsHalf in #Bhutan! @harveylockeyyc meets with Parliament to discuss conservation efforts.

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Total Amount of Oceans Protected*


Total Land Area Protected*


Nature Needs Half Goal: It's Possible!

*According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 2014 Protected Planet Report

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