Protecting the continent’s remaining pristine wilderness areas is urgent, but achievable.
Communities living near protected areas such as Nyika National Park often depend on agriculture and natural resources to survive.
Julia van Velden
Enforcement at protected areas is key way to prevent bushmeat poaching, but it's also important to recognise the contribution bushmeat makes to livelihoods, incomes and food security.
The American mink has invaded much of Europe and South America. This one was pictured in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
Tim Blackburn, UCL
Our research investigated 900 'alien' species across almost 200,000 protected areas worldwide.
Seismic exploration lines cut through boreal forest near Fort McMurray, Alta.
(Scott E. Nielsen)
New research identifies areas where species may take refuge as the climate changes and finds they're largely unprotected.
Forest in Gunung Leuser National Park.
Junaidi Hanafiah / CC BY-SA
Declaring conservation areas is meant to preserve nature. Why is this approach still failing?
The Snake River in Idaho is an area of ‘critical environmental concern.’
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
To save what’s left of nature on this increasingly human planet, conservation needs to become a top priority around the world, from the wildest of wildlands to the densest of cities.
Camera trap image of adult female chimpanzee with her offspring in fallow area in Moyamba district of Sierra Leone foraging on oranges.
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Studies show that West Africa's critically endangered chimpanzees are finding ways of adapting to their rapidly changing habitat, but they still remain highly at risk.
Splashing in the Zambezi River at Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
Lifting the trophy hunting moratorium in Botswana is more about politics and less about elephant conservation.
The West Moberly First Nation would like to see biodiversity-rich riparian areas in the Peace River Valley, in northeastern British Columbia protected. They will be destroyed by the Site C hydro dam, currently under construction.
Countries can protect biodiversity and recognize Indigenous peoples as conservation partners.
There’s a need to secure Africa’s 282 massive “lionscapes”.
A billion dollars a year would secure Africa's lions and its landscapes as well as millions of people living nearby.
Mountain biking seems harmless but can damage soil and scare wildlife.
National parks and nature reserves are vital for conservation, but are also great places for recreation. Balancing the two is tricky, but it can be done if we realise parks are not just playgrounds.
Do people in Nosey Be Madagascar benefit equally from ecotourism income and training opportunities?
Efforts to conserve nature needs to include communities.
A gorge in the Eastern Cape. Land is much more than a resource for many, it has a strong symbolic value.
Land is culturally and historically important to people and often this is ignored when addressing land issues.
Nature offers many benefits to people.
Governments around the world have vowed to halt the loss of global biodiversity by 2020, but without more investment, we'll miss some of the targets.
People transporting gasoline by boat in Indonesia’s Kayan Mentarang National Park.
The world's national parks cover an area bigger than South America. But a new survey finds that one-third of this area is subject to pressure from human developments, potentially putting wildlife at risk.
The Tongariro Crossing is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks in a national park.
New Zealand's wildlife and natural wonders are major draw cards for tourists, but tourism companies operating in national parks contribute little to conservation.
Cleared habitat in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique.
Since 1992, an area of land two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use.
Fires in 1997 in Indonesia released over a billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Indonesia’s forests burned again in 2015.
The world has lost 10% of its wilderness areas in the past 20 years and, with it, vast stores of carbon.
Zebras are among the larger wildlife doing well in protected areas.
New research shows protected areas are doing well at protecting large, iconic wildlife, but less well at helping smaller species.
China has experienced deforestation in some parts of the country placing valuable biodiversity at risk of extinction.
China needs to do more to manage the balance between conservation and tourism to protect its rich biodiversity.