Our Planet is unique. Out of all the planets in the universe, this is the only one known to contain life. Like a vast jigsaw puzzle, every plant and animal has its place, and together they complete the picture of our planet. But the puzzle is falling apart.
There’s been a decline of nearly 70% in the populations of mammals, birds, amphibians,reptiles and fish since 1970, and tropical forest destruction is rampant.
Our new commitment
We at the Hempel Foundation, are committed to address this biodiversity crisis. Therefore, we have recently updated our biodiversity strategy to achieve the greatest impact.
By 2030, we are committed to having significantly contributed to sustaining biodiversity in at least 5 million hectares of the most important tropical forests – that is an area larger than the country of Denmark.
How we work
Since 2018, sustaining biodiversity has been a priority in the Hempel Foundation's philanthropic work. With our new strategy for biodiversity, our efforts will be 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, so 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!