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.

As Roads Spread in Rainforests, The Environmental Toll Grows

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 01/20/12

Article by: William Laurance From Brazil to Borneo, new roads are being built into tropical forests at a dizzying pace, putting previously intact wilderness at risk. If we hope to preserve rainforests, a leading researcher says, new strategies must be adopted to limit the number of roads and reduce their impacts. >>Read the full article from Yale Environment 360

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Living Planet: Connected Planet

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 12/21/11

PREVENTING THE END OF THE WORLD'S WILDLIFE MIGRATIONS THROUGH ECOLOGICAL NETWORKS This rapid-response assessment was recently produced by GRID-Arendal, an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating centre, supporting informed decision making and awareness-raising through: * Environmental information management and  assessment * Capacity building services * Outreach and communication tools,  methodologies and products PREFACE Through the air, over land and in water, over ten thousand species numbering millions of animals travel around the...

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Marine Conservation References

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 09/26/11

A short list of marine conservation reference texts. Barr, B. 2007. Ocean Wilderness: Interesting Idea or Ecological Imperative? International Journal of Wilderness Special Issue: The Wild Planet Project. Dudley, N. (Editor). 2008. Guidelines for Applying Protected Area Management Categories. IUCN. Gland, Switzerland, IUCN. x + 86pp. Halpern, B.S., Walbridge, S., Selkoe, K.A. Kappel, C.V., Micheli, F, D’Agrosa, C., Bruno, J.F., Casey, K.S., Ebert, C., Fox, H.E., Fujita, R., Heinemann, D.,...

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Victoria Canada Regional Parks Plan Incorporates HALF Vision

Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 08/24/11

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia Canada, is planning the management strategy for its regional parks and trails for the next ten years (2011-2020).  Like many cities of its size, Victoria's plan consider natural and biological values, cultural heritage, recreation opportunities, population growth, climate change, etc.  What is unique about this plan is its central focus on connectivity, ecosystem health an alignment with the Nature Needs Half vision.  A brief...

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Protected Areas & Biodiversity Loss

Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 08/11/11

"Protected areas are a valuable tool in the fight to preserve biodiversity. We need them to be well managed, and we need more of them, but they alone cannot solve our biodiversity problems," Camilo Mora of University of Hawaii at Mora.  Dr. Mora and Dr. Peter F. Sale, Assistant Director of the United Nations University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health recently published an assessment in the 28 July 2011...

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The A-Z of Areas of Biodiversity Importance

Posted in Blog, Library, News & Publications on 07/7/11

The terminology of conservation can be confusing.  Endless acronyms and very specific terms that only the 'specialists' can decode.  For Nature Needs Half, we use the protected area categories as defined by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  The IUCN categories define protected areas according to the management objectives, but don't always mesh with in-country or local definitions and terminology. There are many other terms to define important biodiversity...

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Premier Charest promotes Quebéc’s Northern Plan in New York City

Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 07/5/11

During an official trip to New York City to promote Québec’s Northern Plan, Premier Charest addressed a gathering of 300 people, primarily from New York business and financial circles, at a luncheon conference organized by the Foreign Policy Association. “The Northern Plan is a vast economic development project—an example of sustainable development and a social model to be shared with the entire world. To benefit local communities and all Quebecers,...

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Seychelles makes major contribution to Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 06/27/11

Montreal, 27 June 2011— The Seychelles Government announced it will declare new protected areas in the archipelago, resulting in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected under the law. The Cabinet approved the designation of protected areas, which amounts to 15.72 km2 of land representing 3.53% of Seychelles land territory and totals 45,500 hectares (excluding reclaimed areas). Last year, the Silhouette National Park and the Recif Island Reserve were...

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Manitoba Protects Boreal Forest and Wetlands

Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 06/21/11

Just announced from the Province of Manitoba, Canada....(re-posted government press release) Province Permanently Designates Largest Area of Protected Land in more than a Decade - Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan Approved: Blaikie The Manitoba government has legally designated 807,650 hectares of boreal forest and wetlands on the east side of Lake Winnipeg as protected traditional territory, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today. This new designation will increase Manitoba’s protected areas network to over 6.5 million...

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Futi Corridor Protected!

Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 06/20/11

Connections are everything, both in the human and natural worlds. A superb new wild connection was announced this week by Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) and the Government of Mozambique. The Futi Corridor is a historic wildlife migration route between South Africa and Mozambique, for which The WILD Foundation and many others working in the region have advocated for many years. The dream is now a reality. In a joint announcement...

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