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Wild Heritage

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Our Mission

Wild Heritage works to safeguard ecosystem integrity around the world by:

  • Advocating for primary forest protection and ecological restoration
  • Protecting wilderness, in particular via the World Heritage Convention

Felton, United States/Photo by Casey Horner

50% by 2050

Why 2020?

We can stop the sixth mass extinction if we protect approximately 50% of the 846 ecoregions that provide habitat for all of Earth's biodiversity. That means finding leaders and organizations around the world willing to align exisiting efforts around protecting and interconnecting nature in the region.

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Why primary forests and wilderness?

Primary (“old growth”) forests are unique and irreplaceable ecosystems, essential to solving both the climate change and species extinction crises, and critical to human well-being around the world.
  1. We are losing millions of hectares of primary forest every year. We are clearing them and replacing them with industrial crops, we are degrading and fragmenting them through logging – and in some cases we are even turning them into wood chips and burning them as biofuels!

    We are running out of time to avoid catastrophic climate change and address an accelerating extinction crisis. Industrial activity has not proven sustainable in primary forests, even with best practices: we urgently need to protect what’s left!

  2. The World Heritage Convention has played a key role in protecting some of the most iconic wilderness areas on Earth. Wild Heritage is working with partners to leverage the World Heritage Convention for more wilderness conservation globally.

'We can still opt for a healthier, saner planet by protecting our remaining wilderness areas, including primary ('old growth') forests, and by restoring degraded lands. Both are essential to solve the climate change and species extinction crises - and for human well-being everywhere.'

Cyril Kormos

Founder/Executive Director Wild Heritage

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