Allocating half the Earth for nature conservation possible in many places

6 October 2017

A growing international movement called “Half Earth” calls for bolder action to be taken on conserving the Earth’s biodiversity.

In today’s Nature News and Views, conservation scientists Associate Professor James Watson of The University of Queensland’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Dr Oscar Venter of the University of Northern British Columbia pose three questions that need to be answered to make this bold vision a reality.

Dr Watson said the questions focus on where nature is needed to be prioritised when it comes to broader goals; what is the risk of these areas being destroyed by humanity; and what are the broader actions we can take to preserve these areas.

“The answers should provide an effec­tive framework for reaching Half-Earth by 2050,” he said.

In the Nature paper, the authors write: “…This goal is possible in many places, and has helped to embolden this call for action.

“Half-Earth is about think­ing big, and we urge conservation scientists to play their part in this process.”

Read the paper here  (doi:10.1038/nature24144).

Dr Watson is available for interview at the below contacts:

Media: James Watson:; (Brisbane, Australia) (+61 (0)409 185 592).