Helped create 23 of the largest national parks in the ocean, totaling over 6 million square kilometers

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean. Combining science, media, and economics for expeditions to some of the last unexplored areas of our oceans, Pristine Seas inspires governments and communities to create protected areas where thriving marine ecosystems support sustainable livelihood models through responsible fishing practices and ecotourism.

The ocean has an extraordinary capacity to regenerate if we give it some space. And everyone – fisherman, tourists, scientists – ends up benefitting from it.

Dr. Enric Sala,
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society

Dynamic Planet has worked in partnership with Pristine Seas since its inception. From project development through in-the-field implementation with community facilitation, strategic planning and leadership engagement, our combined work has inspired the establishment of some of the largest marine reserves in the world. We have also advised the development of sustainable tourism and fisheries models to boost local marine economies.

For more on Pristine Seas, please click here.

Protecting the largest freshwater wetland

in southern Africa

The greater Okavango River Basin is the largest freshwater wetland in southern Africa — and the main source of water for a million people. Beginning in 2015, National Geographic Explorer Dr. Steve Boyes and an interdisciplinary team including Angolan, Namibian and South African scientists began working together to explore and protect the Okavango River Basin that spans across Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Through a series of unique expeditions into the least known, most inaccessible parts of the watershed in southeastern Angola, they have been surveying the sources of the river systems and collecting data to inform strategies to protect them.

We believe this partnership [between National Geographic Society and the Angolan Ministries of Environment and Tourism] adds value in supporting our urgent efforts to preserve biodiversity in Angola.

Paula Coelho,
Minister of Environment for Angola, December 2018

Dynamic Planet has worked as a facilitator for the Okavango team since the project’s inception by connecting partners, technical experts and funders.

For more information on Okavango Wilderness Project, please click here.

Protecting the natural wonders

that sustain life on Earth

A planet in balance is one in which people, the rest of life and economies can all thrive. But with threats like habitat destruction, climate change and species extinction, we are living on a planet that is increasingly out of balance. To address this existential crisis, the National Geographic Society has developed Last Wild Places, a decade-long initiative to help protect the places that sustain life on Earth. The target is ambitious but based on the best science: to protect at least 30% of the planet by 2030, as a milestone to ensuring we maintain half of Earth in a natural state by 2050.

Being an economic engine and promoter of human rights, that’s a new way to think about national parks. The people who live around here, this is their homeland, and they have a right to live in a decent environment that can sustain them.

Greg Carr
President, Gorongosa Restoration Project

Dynamic Planet led the resource development and structuring to support National Geographic’s Last Wild Places. This includes the creation of new protected areas, as well as improving effective management – moving sites towards mature operations and, where possible, financial independence. By working with best-in-class field partners, we developed a blended finance solution for the replication and scale of well-managed wild places for the benefit of all.

For more on Last Wild Places, please click here.