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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.


Bay Area friends, there is a great panel coming up this Wednesday on one of our favorite topics: the intersection of technology and conservation. If you're local, come!

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Live Panel: Can Technology Drive Conservation?

September 27, 2017, 6:00pm - September 27, 2017, 9:00pm

CAN TECHNOLOGY DRIVE CONSERVATION? There is an accelerating effort among scientists, forest and wildlife managers as well as technologists and interest groups from NASA, Google and the Jane Goodall Institute to harness new technologies. These technologies, which include satellite sensors, drones, camera traps and DNA detectors, can be used to improve and maintain forest and wildlife conservation; fight and expose illegal, unsustainable practices; and prevent the use of dangerous fuels and chemicals. Our panel will discuss what is new and what is working in this area. They will also discuss what 21st century technology might soon be available to protect and create healthy and safe environments in the Bay Area and throughout the world. SPEAKERS Rhett Butler, Founder and CEO, Mongabay Topher White, Founder and CEO, Rainforest Connection Crystal Davis, Director, Global Forest Watch Virgil Zetterlind, Director, Protected Seas; Chief Technology Office, Conserve.IO

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Our public lands are under tremendous threat from fossil fuels. Let’s protect places #toowildtodrill

Wolf recovery in Washington is a success story worth repeating.

New research from @smithsonian confirms #biodiversity just as important as #climatechange for healthy ecosystems —

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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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