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Only by working in the international policy sphere can we improve opportunities for protected areas at a global scale, shifting momentum for nature from the top-down. In this regard, international action is just as important as grassroots change, and works in synergy with local movements to maximize wins for nature.


International's Ecology

What do we mean by international policy change? This occurs when big inter-governmental institutions, such as the United Nations and its official observer on the environment, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, vote to encourage new protections and expand protected area targets.

How does change occur here? Through dedicated efforts to educate world leaders on the importance of nature, and how its protection leads to essential benefits for societies around the world. Read more in the Ecoregions section below about the people and places that most dramatically benefit from international policy change.

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.



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

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A pioneer in strategic planning and communications on environmental issues.

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First Light Films

A world-class documentary team, creating films on social and environmental issues that educate and inspire.

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Foundation Earth

A think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action for the purpose of bringing an Earth-centered economy into reality through a major rethinking of society.

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Frankfurt Zoological Society

We conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.

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Google Earth Outreach

Empowering you to create positive change for the planet using Geo Tools.

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International League of Conservation Photographers

Furthering environmental and cultural conservation through photography.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Dedicated to the long-term well-being of all of Earth's inhabitants, using collaborative partnerships and innovative projects to restore balance to Earth's ecosystems.

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London Zoological Society (ZSL)

Working to protect wildlife around the world, ZSL is inspiring action while innovating on-the-ground work that values and supports all communities, human and ecological.

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Forging sustainable solutions to critical social, health, and environmental challenges by creating innovative partnerships where they are least likely and most needed.

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The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows

Singularly focused on creating societal change through the power of media campaigns that inspire viewers to action.

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Weeden Foundation

Protecting biodiversity by addressing the factors leading to ecological impoverishment, using innovative tools that help develop sustainable models for conservation action.

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Wilderness Foundation Global

An international alliance of wilderness conservation groups working together to protect wild nature while meeting the needs of human communities - for the benefit of all life on Earth. <p> WFG is a founding member of and an active proponent for Nature Needs Half.

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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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The World Ocean

Much of the world ocean is outside national jurisdiction, meaning that it is subject to lawlessness without coordinated international action.

Charl Folscher/Assi ghat, Varanasi, India
Less Developed Countries

When international actors set global priorities for nature, leaders in less developed countries are encouraged and empowered to protect their natural heritage.

Publics around the world

Powerful and inspirational goals set in the international sphere can inspire new and strengthen existing social movements and behavioral shifts.