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 percent of the planet by 2030, as a milestone to ensuring we maintain half of Earth in natural state by 2050.

This is the new extinction and we are half way through it. We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it is going to get.

Sir David Attenborough,
Naturalist and Broadcaster

Dynamic Planet is leading the resource development and fund structure 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 are developing a blended finance solution for the replication and scale of well-managed wild places for the benefit of all.

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