Vast Landscapes and Diverse Societies: the protection of the world's last wild landscapes for society and natureA Shared Earth Reserve (SER) is a vast, ecologically intact landscape that integrates the needs of nature and people. Our SERs are where we pull all our programs together - The Human Spirit, Wildlife & Evolution, Wilderness Economies. Through our Wilderness Landscape Fund we purchase large areas of the Earth's wilderness and work with local communities to protect these places for future generations, for societal well-being and the long-term conservation of biodiversity. We also incorporate future food security, so non-industrial conservation agriculture is an important component of our Shared Earth Reserves.
Without question the planet needs traditional protected areas and parks, but they will never be large enough. They will always be islands in an ocean of ecologically destructive activity. We also know that intact landscapes need to be at least 10,000 square kilometres in size to truly protect ecological processes, and few protected areas anywhere in the world come close to that. 10,000 square kilometres is the minimum size for our Shared Earth Reserves.
Our model specifically gears these landscapes for protection over generations, with very broad social and political support for what we do. These landscapes are our legacy and the legacy of all who join us.