50% lands and oceans protected

Protecting and connecting 50% of the world’s wildlands can ensure the integrity of our biosphere and support a growing human population. Washington-based research team RESOLVE, in collaboration with Globaïa Foundation and Universidade Federal de Viçosa, are teaming up to map a global “safety net” for the planet that would protect and connect 50% of the world’s land area.

Announced at the ‘Nature for Development’ Data Summit, the “safety net” map will utilize advanced computer modeling techniques to examine the world’s 125 million square kilometers of habitable land area, ranking each square kilometer ‘pixel’ for its importance in preserving natural biodiversity and sustaining agricultural production. This effort was launched and funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.