With the world population predicted to approach nine billion by 2050, global demand for energy, food, minerals and other resources is skyrocketing. The development required to meet these demands is likely to have significant impacts on our natural systems.
In fact, 20 percent of the world’s remaining natural lands could be developed by just the middle of this century.
A new study from The Nature Conservancy offers a glimpse at the impact our potential growth will have on the land we depend on worldwide — and advocates proactive land-use planning to avoid future conflict.
Armed with the knowledge of where development will occur, we have a chance to change the future by designing the landscapes that we want and need.
Download this first-of-its-kind Global Development Risk Assessment, that identifies the most at-risk regions in the world for habitat conversion.
The Conservancy assesses the most at-risk regions for habitat conversation and advocates proactive land-use planning to avoid future conflict. Read the peer-reviewed paper.
To strike the right balance between development and conservation, we must understand where and how development is likely to happen. View the slideshow.
“Our planet is the one and only home we have — so let’s make sure we take the time and have the foresight to build it right.” Read Joe Kiesecker’s blog.
Ensuring sustainable development and reversing climate change is about transforming our relationship with nature. Read Justin Adams’ blog on Live Science.