The biodiversity crisis is more acute today than at any other time in mankind’s history - we are failing to meet our global biodiversity targets, and unless current trends are reversed, the biodiversity crisis will have devastating impacts on humanity. Our own survival relies upon the species we are driving to extinction. We are eroding the foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security and quality of life.
That is why the Hempel Foundation committed itself to working strategically with sustaining biodiversity in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 focusing on some of the planet’s most valuable natural habitats.
The Hempel Foundation recognises biodiversity loss as one of the most urgent global problems today.
We also understand that biodiversity is about more than plants, animals, micro-organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food, medicines, fresh water, and a clean and healthy environment.
We see that diversity of nature allows us to survive and thrive, and underpins all economic activity.
We developed and formulated our first biodiversity strategy in 2018. With an updated strategy for biodiversity in 2022, our efforts are intensified to increase our impact and our contribution to reaching SDG 15: Life on Land.
The Hempel Foundation's new Biodiversity strategy focuses on three crucial areas:
- First and foremost, we are seeking partners to work with us to sustain the most important key biodiversity areas on the planet.
- Secondly, we are therefore looking for partners to work with us on innovative approaches to new sources of finance for biodiversity conservation.
- Finally, we are looking for partners to share knowledge and dramatically strengthen the collective impact of everyone who cares about biodiversity.
Where we work
We have identified four regions of the world that contain exceptional biodiversity and are highly threatened. These are the most important regions of the world to work in, if we are to help prevent massive biodiversity loss. This is where we will focus our strategic investments.
The forests of these four regions cover only about 0.3% of the planet, yet they hold nearly 1/3 of all species on Earth!