Last week marked a significant step for protecting biodiversity around the world. Lead negotiators from over 100 countries convened in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss a global strategy to protect nature and wildlife.
The council of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, recently announced its support for the designation of a giant marine reserve around Ascension Island. At 440,000 square kilometers, the new reserve will be by far the largest in the Atlantic Ocean (roughly the size of the state of California). Once established, the marine protected area (MPA) will bring the highest level of protection to this region’s exceptional biodiversity by prohibiting commercial fishing and extractive industries.
Current Seychelles President Danny Faure and former Seychelles President James Michel were awarded the 2019 Planetary Leaders award for their commitment to establishing globally protected areas.
Philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss shares why he was inspired to donate $1 billion towards conservation.