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Our goal is simple: protect half the Earth. Getting there is possible only if we work together. Discover how others are confronting the complex issues facing conservation today, and learn how Nature Needs Half is promoting problem-solving to overcome these challenges.

Masada National Park, Israel. Photo by Rob Bye.

Quebec’s Protected Areas Strategic Plan


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 05/27/11

On 18 May 2011, Quebec announced is Protected Areas strategic plan.  The plan's targets include protecting 10% of marine areas and 12% of land area by 2015. This is a positive step towards a network of protected areas totally 50%. The Québec network of protected areas currently covers 8.35% of the province.  Read the full plan >

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Nature Needs Half in the Economist


Posted in Blog, Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 05/25/11

Boreal blues - In the frigid north tension grows between conservation and development CANADA’S vast boreal zone contains the world’s largest intact old-growth forest and has more fresh water than the Amazon. Its flora help to slow climate change and it is a breeding ground for 3 billion migratory songbirds. Only 12% of the region is now formally protected, well below the 50% scientists say is necessary to save its...

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A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate in British Columbia


Posted in Library, News & Publications on 04/18/11

A New Climate for Conservation: Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia (Dr. Jim Pojar) explores the role of nature conservation in a climate action strategy for ecological adaptation (Part 1) and ecological mitigation (Part 2), with the key recommendation to develop a comprehensive and integrated Nature Conservation and Climate Action Strategy for the Province of British Columbia (Part 3): Part 1 presents available science on current climate-change projections,...

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Reserves: How Much Is Enough and How Do We Get There From Here?


Posted in Blog, Library, News & Publications on 04/13/11

(Essay) Reserves: How Much Is Enough and How Do We Get There From Here? By John Terborgh, Duke University Is the human species doing enough to conserve the rest of the world’s species for posterity? If not, then how much is enough? This is a key question, and opinions about the correct answer vary widely. An industry spokesperson is likely to ask, “Don’t they (the conservationists) have enough already?” “How...

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Rethinking Global Biodiversity Strategies


Posted in Library, News & Publications on 04/12/11

Summary ‘Rethinking Global Biodiversity Strategies’ Exploring structural changes in production and consumption to reduce biodiversity loss Improving prospects for future global biodiversity requires rethinking the strategic orientation from common policies and measures towards structural changes in production and consumption of goods and services. Significant and lasting improvements in the downward biodiversity trend will have to come from changes in human activities including agriculture, forestry, fishing, and energy use. Enhanced ‘eco-efficiency’...

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Conservation, bringing countries together


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 04/12/11

Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia have come together to protect about 800,000 ha of floodplains along their shared boundaries. The Mura, Drava and Danube rivers, rich in biodiversity and cultural heritage, are known as ‘Europe’s Amazon,’ and are now being protected from potentially harmful sand dredging and dam development. This landmark cooperative decision represents the best of Nature Needs Half’s goals, as it has paved the way for the...

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Is religion, the key to conservation?


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 03/14/11

Islamic leaders in Indonesia sure think so. Many Islamic conservationists have banded together to form FORDALING (the Islamic Leader Forum for Environmental Care), and are working to spread environmental education through religious studies. The group has put together teaching seminars, planted seedlings in its nursery, and most recently helped publish the Ayat-Auat Konservasi, the Islamic Verses for Conservation. This 120 page book utilizes verses from the Koran to address why...

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Bringing back the Garden of Eden


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 03/11/11

Under Saddam Hussein the Mesopotamian Marshlands, considered the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East were drained to a tenth of their original size in order to punish the Marsh Arabs for uprising. These marshlands once stretched over 6,000 square miles and are believed to be the location of the Garden of Eden. Today the area is coming back to life. A restoration project that has been in effect since...

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Save the Serengeti


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 03/4/11

The government of Tanzania's proposal to construct a road through the Serengeti national park has caused major outrage among conservationists because the plan would hinder the annual migration of some 2 million wildebeests, as well as impact many other species. Recently the World Bank has offered to finance and help design an alternative road project that would still reach the development goals of the government while preserving the integrity of...

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Protection of Mangrove Forests in Pakistan


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 02/28/11

Concern over the illegal cutting of mangroves along the Karachi coast has led the Pakistani Minister of Home, Jail and Forest, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, to take steps toward classifying the mangroves along the coast and the Indus Deltas as protected areas. An understanding of the interconnectedness of environmental and human problems has spurred the desire to protect a tree so vital to the healthy functioning of the coastal ecosystem.  Read...

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