National Geographic Society

Last Wild Places

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.

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