Nature Needs Half and WILD10

Nature Needs Half and WILD10 (editorial, International Journal of Wilderness, December, 2011, www.ijw.org )

Vance G. Martin (President, The WILD Foundation)

How much space does nature really need? This question has increasingly been the focus of conservation biologists and many others as the natural sciences have scaled up to consider nature from a landscape and seascape perspective, and in the process gaining a much better understanding of ecological services. Professor E. O. Wilson adroitly alluded to this in his seminal work The Future of Life (2002) when he said, “Half the world for humanity, half for the rest of life, to create a planet both self-sustaining and pleasant.”

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