Last Wild Places

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.

As part of our mission of driving toward a planet in balance, National Geographic created Last Wild Places (LWP), a decade-long initiative to help protect the places that sustain life on Earth. LWP has partnered with Kenya’s Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) to support its community-led conservation approach, which is transforming the role of indigenous communities...

Written by Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, founder of Pristine Seas, and Director of the Last Wild Places Initiative For the last ten years, the National Geographic Pristine Seasteam has traveled the world to explore, document and protect the last wild places in the ocean. Together with our partners, we have inspired the protection of...