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India is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries; it is also one of the most imperiled. This is why Nature Needs Half is working in this region, specifically, for the challenges are only equalled by the opportunities to defend one-of-a-kind wildlife and landscapes. We are proud to partner with Sanctuary Asia to make India the first Nature Needs Half coalition-building pilot region.

Ranthambore National Park, India. Photo by Annie Spratt.

India's Ecology

India’s iconic Bengal tiger is one of among dozens of important and unique wildlife species native to this region’s ecoregions. For this reason, the importance of India’s biodiversity cannot be overstated. Few countries can rival its natural diversity.

This is why Nature Needs Half has selected India as its first coalition-building pilot region, working with lead partner, Sanctuary Asia, to launch a broad and unified support in India for the drastic increase of protected areas and wildlife corridors by 2050. By doing so, it is possible for India’s nature to bounce back from a deeply imperiled state to one in which it could recover.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


Sanctuary Nature Foundation

Strengthening awareness and support for India's natural heritage, Sanctuary Nature Foundation is India's oldest and leading nature and conservation portal, serving as a powerful connective tissue for India's environmental movement.

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Harnessing the power of collaboration to overcome isolation and discouragement and inspire and sustain youth conservation projects.

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The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
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Snow Leopard. Photo by Frida Bredesen.
Kamlang Wildlife Reserve

Including parts of the Kamlang River and Glow Lake, this landscape is home to four important big cat species: tigers, leopards, clouded leopards, and snow leopard.

Kanha Kisli National Park, India. Photo by Hans Veth.
Kanha Kisli National Park

Established to meet the twin objectives of preventing wildlife damage to nearby crops and preserving iconic Indian species, Kanha Kisli benefits both people and nature.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, India. Photo by Dakshil Shah.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park

This protected area established within Bombay/Mumbai city limits protects important wildlife, including over 30 big cats, and provides people access to high quality wilderness.

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