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Sustaining the planet’s biodiversity

Loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest environmental problems the human race is facing.

  • Loss of bidiodiversity is happening at an extremely fast rate: According to WWF (2018) there has been an average decline of 60 per cent in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years. The loss of species today is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.
  • Loss of bidiodiversity has incomprehensible consequences: According to Convention on Biological Diversity at least 40 per cent of the world’s economy and 80 per cent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. Biodiversity ensures clean water, clean air, food and protection from global climate change.
  • Loss of bidiodiversity is irreversible: Once a species is extinct, it will never return.

That is why the Hempel Foundation committed itself to working strategically with sustaining biodiversity in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 15 with a focus 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 in which to live.

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. We wanted to help promote solutions to conserve the forest areas around the world with the highest levels of biodiversity, and which, by virtue of their ecosystem services and irreplaceable universal value, are absolutely crucial to both local populations and to balancing global sustainability.

We achieve this by entering into partnerships with some of the largest and most influential international NGOs involved in nature conservation. In these types of projects, we are strongly involved in the start-up phase of developing the project, where we want to utilise our flexibility and willingness to take risks to attract additional significant resources, and to try out new and scalable nature conservation methods. During the project implementation phase, we are typically part of a steering group. As part of the steering group we are continuously informed about the project’s progress, engage in discussions with key partners when there is a need for remedial action and generally work to achieve the best and most impactful results possible.

In addition, we also work with partners on innovative projects and initiatives that more indirectly contribute to the conservation of biodiversity e.g. through adaption of incentives to influence behaviour of small holder farmers. 

In general we very much like to collaborate with others to meet our goals. We consider it important that our results are documented and can be communicated. We are responsible as well as humble and driven to make the most impactful difference possible with the resources available to us.

Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land: ”Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”


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