A recipe for balancing northern development with environmental protection

While environmentalist and industry views about Northern Australia’s development almost completely differ, it’s difficult to see how a fair balance can be struck. Conservationist and former Canadian Liberal Party candidate Harvey Locke has spent a lifetime researching how to weigh up the interests of industry and the environment, in the United States and Canada. He suggests development should focus on centers of high value industry, while making sure ecosystems remain healthy and linked. > Watch this short interview with, Harvey Locke, strategic advisor to The WILD Foundation & Nature Needs Half Transcript: JANE BARDON, REPORTER: Harvey Locke welcome to 730. HARVEY LOCKE, CANADIAN CONSERVATIONIST: Thank you. JANE BARDON: You’re basically working on a very different vision for developing or managing northern Australia, what are the key things that you’re looking for in your vision? HARVEY LOCKE, CANADIAN CONSERVATIONIST: Northern Australia is one of the great intact systems in the world. Doesn’t mean it’s in perfect shape but it’s in awfully good shape. And there are a few places like that, we have the Boreal Forest, the Ardakan, the Rocky Mountains in Northern Canada for example in a similar condition. And I’m interested in working with people who want to think about that as a spectacular opportunity in the 21st century to do things a little differently than we’ve done before. JANE BARDON: Are you looking at basically almost a chain of reserves or are you thinking some of this preservation of the tropical savannah for example could include some low impact grazing systems et cetera, as well for the cattle industry? HARVEY LOCKE, CANADIAN CONSERVATIONIST: The idea would be that...
Space for Nature: Zoological Society of London

Space for Nature: Zoological Society of London

The Zoological Society of London   – the world’s oldest and most renowned conservation science organization, working in over 50 countries – has joined with WILD to explore and illustrate how Nature Needs Half is both necessary and possible. “Space for Nature,” a video created by the Zoological Society of London (with participation from The WILD Foundation & Nature Needs Half), explores how the Nature Needs Half vision can be realized in practice by setting aside space for...
Boulder’s Conservation Legacy

Boulder’s Conservation Legacy

Ruth Wright, a leader in Boulder’s Open Space movement, tells the story of Boulder’s conservation legacy from the Olmsted Plan to current day. Ruth speaks of the visionaries who hiked our backdrop to establish the Blue Line for the city and the many successes for wild-nature since. She also talks about the ongoing challenges of managing protected lands so we keep nature alive and well. Boulder, Colorado is a leading example of the Nature Needs Half vision with 68% of the county’s land protected. Nature Needs Half is a global call to action to protect at least half of the planet’s land and water to support all life on earth.  See the full Boulder case-study> Produced by Morgan Heim & the “Legacy team”. *The person mentioned in the video is Fredrick Law Olmsted, Sr – the designer of New York’s Central Park.  But, it was actually Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr. is the son of Fredrick Law Olmsted, who came to...
La Giganta y Guadalupe

La Giganta y Guadalupe

iLCP photographer Miguel Angel de la Cueva just finished his explorations of Baja California’s must rugged and pristine mountain ranges Sierras La Giganta y Guadalupe along with one of Mexico’s most accomplished ecologist Exequiel Ezcurra and Western States Award Winner author Bruce Berger, for 13 months they unveiled relic forests and exuberant oases hidden in remote mountain tops and canyons, the inaccessibility of this places kept this ecosystems pristine , out of reach from cattle, loggers ,copper mining projects and even unregulated tourism, the purpose of this project is to create a book that will promote the conservation of this 650,000 acres natural area. This survey required complex logistics and mule rides sometimes up to 4 weeks long surveying volcanic peaks in the 5000 to 7000 feet range and canyons up to 2000 feet deep, the photographs and writings are being used now by Niparaja NGO , the Northwest Center for Biological Research CIBNOR and CONANP (Mexico’s National Commission for Natural Protected Areas) in public, government forums and meetings to enforce the creation of a new Biosphere Reserve. Among the biodiversity that this mountain ranges hold there’s a sub species of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis weemsi) which is listed as highly endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an endemic subspecies of poplar tree named Güeribo and a parasite purple spike orchid , its cultural heritage includes 7.500 + year old cave paintings sites and relic ranch culture. This is the first time this sky islands are photographed and brought to light, Baja California and its famous coastline have been under a huge amount of...
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