Preserving and protecting land environments
Our Land work aims to explore, understand, and conserve terrestrial and freshwater systems around the world. Across topics like terrestrial geosciences, terrestrial/freshwater ecology, climate science, conservation technology, community-based conservation, and related fields — our goal is to inspire and empower others to better understand and protect our lands, lakes, and rivers.
Okavango Wilderness Project
The Okavango Delta is one of the most biodiverse places in Africa. While the Okavango Delta is mostly protected within Botswana, the greater Okavango Basin, which includes the critical rivers and lakes in Angola and Namibia that supply the Delta, is not. These source waters are under increasing threats from deforestation, uncontrolled fire, the rising commercial bushmeat trade, and unchecked development. If these waters remain unprotected, the future of the Okavango Delta is at risk.
Our Land Explorers
From freshwater oases to the deserts of Africa and every mountain in between, our Explorers protect, study, and document thousands of square kilometers across a diversity of landscapes.
Their work helps foster critical solutions to the ongoing threats facing our land and wildlife. Explorer-led programs also have dedicated teams focused on robust efforts to improve our understanding of the impacts of climate change. Our Land Explorers teach us how to connect with our world, how to sustain balance with the land, and how our whole world is tied together by these delicate, living connections.
Arati Kumar-Rao: Documenting the slow violence of environment degradation
Jennifer Chavez-Miller: Teaching wonder, curiosity, adventure & empowerment
KM Reyes: Connecting communities to build a sustainable future
Tom Matthews: Exploring extreme weather & climate change
Making a difference
Help protect and preserve our land
Photo Credits from top of page: Kostadin Luchansky, Cory Richards, Pete Muller, Paul Nicklen, Pete Muller. Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.