Places for a Half-Earth Future

Unprotected places with high priorities for conservation that hold extraordinary species richness and rarity and can contribute to achieving Half-Earth are identified on the Half-Earth Project Map as Places for a Half-Earth Future.

This evidence-based identification and showcase of the most essential places in the world for protecting biodiversity aims to promote research and educational activities that inspire successful conservation and build a shared vision for what must be conserved to ensure that no species is left behind.

What defines Places for a Half-Earth Future?

Sites are identified by the following criteria:

  • Places of extraordinary biodiversity richness or rarity that are largely unprotected.
  • Communities pursuing conservation and scientific activities contributing to preserving global biodiversity.
  • Sites that have an established area managed for biodiversity conservation outcomes.

Examples include:

  • Sites where scientific monitoring and inventory of species is needed to better understand and support the management of these places.
  • Places using innovative conservation technologies and fostering responsible stewardship.
  • Ecosystems or habitats that provide uniquely important biophilic refuges for people and communities.

Explore the Half-Earth Project Map

On the Half-Earth Project Map and SPI National Report Cards, the Places for a Half-Earth Future layer shows up to 20 regions in each country that would benefit from additional conservation action. These areas can serve as important starting places because they comprise the top 10 percent of each country’s priority areas. Priority rankings are results from a global conservation planning model that minimizes the amount of additional land needed to protect a sufficient amount of habitat for terrestrial vertebrate species. This model also minimizes the amount of human pressures within the species habitat wherever possible, so that more intact habitat is prioritized over habitat in need of restoration.

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