A Swiss philanthropist is donating $ 1 billion across the next 10 year to help conservations efforts.
Philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss, CEO of the Wyss Foundation, announced in last year October in hope to conserve the planet’s land oceans around the world by funding and locally led conservations efforts.
A billionaire and conservationist, Hansjörg Wyss wrote in New York Times, “He believes it is ‘achievable‘ to conserve 30 percent of the Earth by 2030, adding that land and seas can be best protected when they are turned into ‘public national parks, wildlife refuges, and marine reserves”.
Communications director at the Wyss Campaign for Nature, Greg Zimmerman said “What we found over the years is that if it’s not being driven by folks who live in these communities, if there’s not local buy-in, then you’re going to have a political problem, you’re going to have a problem of these places [not] being protected permanently.”
The Wyss Foundation has already donated more than $450 over the past 20 years to help conserve nearly 40 million acres of land and water in Africa, Mexico, South America, Canada, Europe, and the United States.
“Every one of us – citizens, philanthropists, business and government leaders – should be troubled by the enormous gap between how little of our natural world is currently protected and how much should be protected. It is a gap that we must urgently narrow before our human footprint consumes the earth’s remaining wild places.” Wyss said.
The Wyss is a charitable foundation dedicating to innovative and supporting, lasting solutions that improve lives empower communities and strengthen connections to the land.
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