The ongoing mass extinction of the natural world ranks with pandemics, world war, and climate change as among the greatest threats that humanity has imposed on itself. To lose so much of Earth’s biodiversity is to both destroy our living heritage, and to risk the stability of the planet, today and for all future generations.
Half-Earth is a call to protect half the land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to reverse the species extinction crisis and ensure the long-term health of our planet. The Half-Earth Project is bringing this goal to life.
The Half-Earth Project is:
1) driving research to better understand our world,
2) providing leadership to guide conservation efforts, and
3) engaging people to participate in this global ambition.
The first element is Research.
Getting the science right.The Half-Earth Project is championing research to better understand our world, support conservation efforts, nurture future biodiversity stewardship, and perpetuate conservation efforts worldwide. The Global Biodiversity Census (GBC) initiative is working to develop a comprehensive database of Earth’s vast biodiversity and to use this data as a fundamental tool for conservation. As part of this effort, the GBC is performing and supporting model All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories in important habitats around the world. The Half-Earth Project is supporting global Fellows and Scholars who understand the unique socioeconomic, indigenous, and conservation needs in their region of the world.
The second element is Leadership and Knowledge.
Central to the Half-Earth Project effort is the Half-Earth Project Map. By mapping the Earth’s species at fine-scale, and in relation to human activities, we are identifying and prioritizing the places we need to manage for conservation in order to safeguard the highest number of species. The result is a spatially explicit, high-resolution, dynamic world map and decision-support tool capable of guiding place-based conservation management where this work is needed most. The Half-Earth Map is part of a developing Knowledge Platform of information and best practices for conservation action.
Finally, the Half-Earth Project is Engaging people everywhere.
The Half-Earth Project is engaging the public to participate broadly in a movement culture that embraces the grand ambition of Half-Earth by signing the Half-Earth Pledge and working together to protect the bulk of biodiversity. Each year, Half-Earth Day is held on October 22 to showcase and celebrate progress towards the goal of Half-Earth and encourage people everywhere to participate in caring for our planet.
The Half-Earth Project brings together deep scientific leadership, operational knowledge and inspirational engagement to rally the public, the conservation community and decision-makers everywhere behind a single goal: Half-Earth.
Stop Species Extinction. Protect our Planet. Join the Half-Earth Project.
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