We’re working hard to keep five of the healthiest and most biologically unique wilderness areas healthy and vibrant.
Unlike biodiversity hotspots, much of the original vegetation in these regions - at least 70 percent - has stayed intact over the years. Besides providing homes to huge numbers of plants and animals found nowhere else, they are among the last places you can find indigenous communities practicing their traditional customs and lifestyles. The free services and resources these regions provide make them the most valuable natural regions on land, recently estimated at over 2 trillion US dollars per year!
Conserving these areas today will prevent them from becoming the hotspots of tomorrow.
Spanning nine South American countries, the Amazonia wilderness is unlike any other, supporting more than 40,000 species of plants, with three-quarters of them found nowhere else.
Seven African nations share the second-largest expanse of tropical wilderness in the world. Unlike other landscapes in the region, a great portion of the remote Congo Basin forests have remained intact.
The world’s biggest tropical island and its outlying islands contain the largest remaining wilderness in the entire Asia-Pacific. New Guinea and its neighbors are home to thousands of species known to science, and possibly many yet to be discovered.
This arid, mostly desert region covering northern Mexico and the southwestern United States contains more unique species than any other desert on the planet, including the majority of all known cactus species.
Quite possibly the single largest block of dry woodlands in the world, this wilderness region stretches across 10 countries, supporting large numbers of wildlife and people who depend on its natural resources.