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Protecting nature to foster local solutions to global challenges

In this post we explore how Mali’s new Biosphere Reserve fits into an important global picture of the critical need for natural areas. This need has been made more evident by the COVID-19 pandemic that has raised awareness of how degraded ecosystems increase human vulnerability to catastrophic events.

New Biosphere Reserve in Mali Becomes One of the Largest Protected Areas in the World

The new reserve will be 4,263,320 hectares, about the size of Switzerland or almost 5x the size of Yellowstone National Park; and represents a 26% increase in protected area coverage for Mali!

Mali Elephant Project: How much nature do humans need to survive?

For local communities living alongside elephants in the Gourma region of Mali, it would be close to 10 million acres. At the minimum.

Protecting nature to foster local solutions to global challenges

In this post we explore how Mali’s new Biosphere Reserve fits into an important global picture of the critical need for natural areas. This need has been made more evident by the COVID-19 pandemic that has raised awareness of how degraded ecosystems increase human vulnerability to catastrophic events.

Running for Elephants

Being an elephant in the Gourma region of Mali isn’t easy. Fortunately, people like Wiesje Elfferich are doing their part to safeguard these...

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Keeping the Elephants Alive

Three things have been keeping the elephants alive: the local people, Malian military patrols and the elephants themselves. Last year the sudden...

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