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Habitat destruction

The destruction of our planet’s natural habitats is one of the biggest drivers of biodiversity loss. We must protect and restore at least 30% of the world’s land and sea to give nature a chance to rebound. We’ve already made a start.

The vital organs of our planet

Forests, mountains, rivers, the ocean – these landscapes and seascapes provide us with food, medicine, water, oxygen, inspiration and sanctuary. They are also home to our planet’s unique abundance of wildlife.
Habitat destruction takes many forms: conversion for agriculture, urban expansion, extractive industries, and pollution from human activities all individually and collectively pose an enormous threat to the Earth’s biodiversity and the benefits it provides to people.

As wetlands are drained, limestone hills are quarried, forests are felled and seabeds dredged, ever-growing numbers of plants and animals are running out of suitable habitat. Habitat destruction can lead to the migration of animals as they are forced to seek new homes, where they can face even bigger threats to their survival: conflict with humans.

    75%

    The percentage of reefs are threatened as a result of threats driven by humankind, including unsustainable fishing, pollution, anchor damage and climate change.

    80,000 acres

    The amount of tropical rainforest estimated to be lost every day.

    One third

    The amount of all existing forests have been lost or degraded as habitat.

    85%

    Agriculture is the main threat for 85% of all species at risk of extinction.

Protecting and restoring habitats together 

Fauna & Flora and our global partners fuse local and global knowledge to protect over 52 million hectares of habitat around the world. We work with the people living closest to nature, and those who rely on it most, to find the best means of protecting the environments we cannot afford to lose, for the benefit of all life on Earth. 

High school students helping with Sombrero Island revegetation project. © Farah Mukhida / Anguilla National Trust

High school students helping with Sombrero Island revegetation project. © Farah Mukhida / Anguilla National

High school students helping with Sombrero Island revegetation project, Anguila.

Our work that addresses habitat loss

Coral symphony – A new record for Cambodia
Frame from video footage showing coral reef synchronised spawning in Cambodia. © Sorn Srenh / Koh Sdach Commune
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Coral symphony – A new record for Cambodia

Synchronised mass coral reef spawning has been observed for the first time in Cambodian waters by Fauna & Flora and our ...
Pygmy hippo
Pygmy hippo. © Edwin Giesbers / Nature Picture Library
Species

Pygmy hippo

Learn about the habits and habitat of West Africa's very own miniature hippo and Fauna & Flora's efforts to protect its ...
Okapi
Okapi in rainforest. © Ji / Adobe Stock
Species

Okapi

Find out how Fauna & Flora and our partners are helping to protect this elusive forest giraffe from hunting and habitat ...
Protecting rare conifers and magnolias in northern Vietnam
© Chu Xuan Canh / Fauna & Flora
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Protecting rare conifers and magnolias in northern Vietnam

Fauna & Flora is working with local community groups in northern Vietnam to conserve 17 threatened tree species found in...
Forest Protection in Pu Mat National Park, Vietnam
Credit: Anoop Anu/500px/Getty Images
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Forest Protection in Pu Mat National Park, Vietnam

Fauna & Flora works with community-based conservation teams in Pu Mat National Park to strengthen law enforcement, remov...
Conserving Virachey National Park’s forest ecosystem
Physignathus cocincinus Virachey National Park. © Jeremy Holden / Fauna & Flora
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Conserving Virachey National Park’s forest ecosystem

Fauna & Flora is working to strengthen the management of Virachey National Park, survey its biodiversity and support com...
Securing tulips and montane grassland in Kyrgyzstan
Tulips in Central Asia © Brett Wilson
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Securing tulips and montane grassland in Kyrgyzstan

Fauna & Flora and local partners are working to restore 500 hectares of degraded pastureland to protect Kyrgyzstan's wil...
Conserving fruit-and-nut forests in Central Asia
Malus niedzwetzkyana. Credit: Chris Loades / Fauna & Flora
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Conserving fruit-and-nut forests in Central Asia

Fauna & Flora is working with local partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to conserve fruit-and-nut forests.
Making agriculture more sustainable
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Making agriculture more sustainable

Fauna & Flora is improving farming methods to help conserve biodiversity, use natural resources sustainably, improve liv...
Village forest conservation in Kerinci Seblat buffer zone
© Edy Susanto / Fauna & Flora
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Village forest conservation in Kerinci Seblat buffer zone

Fauna & Flora is working with local communities and the government to safeguard rural livelihoods and forest habitats in...
Northern Aceh forest conservation
© Juan Pablo Moreiras / Fauna & Flora
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Northern Aceh forest conservation

Fauna & Flora is collaborating with communities, local government, conservation agencies and rangers to protect threaten...
African elephants
Elephant family. © John Michael Vosloo / Shutterstock
Species

African elephants

Discover the difference between forest and savannah elephants and find out how you can help Fauna & Flora to protect bot...
Piloting REDD+ in the Wonegizi Landscape
Forest in Wongezi / Wologizi. © Philip Tem Dia / Fauna & Flora
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Piloting REDD+ in the Wonegizi Landscape

Fauna & Flora is working with government and communities in Liberia to ensure the long-term protection and sustainable m...
Conserving ‘ridge to reef’ in Papua, Indonesia
© Fibrian Yusefa Ardi / Fauna & Flora
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Conserving ‘ridge to reef’ in Papua, Indonesia

Fauna & Flora is conserving Papua’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems with support from communities, the local governmen...
Transboundary cao vit gibbon conservation
Cao vit gibbon mother with young. © Nguyễn Văn Trường / Fauna & Flora
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Transboundary cao vit gibbon conservation

Fauna & Flora works with local partners in northern Vietnam to protect the critically endangered cao vit gibbon.
Conserving Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia
One of our captive-bred Siamese crocodiles receives a blessing. © Jeremy Holden / Fauna & Flora
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Conserving Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia

Fauna & Flora is working with the Cambodian government and local communities to safeguard the remaining wild populations...
Catalysing action for Indonesia’s threatened trees
© Yanuar Ishaq Dc / Fauna & Flora
Project

Catalysing action for Indonesia’s threatened trees

Fauna & Flora and local partners are supporting the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to develop and implement a nati...
Union Island conservation initiative
Union Island © Jacob Bock / Fauna & Flora
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Union Island conservation initiative

Fauna & Flora works on Union Island to protect the Union Island gecko and a host of other rare and endemic species such ...
REDD+
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REDD+

REDD+ explained: finding low-carbon paths to sustainable development and ensuring the conservation of forests.
Mining & energy
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Mining & energy

Learn more about our work to prevent biodiversity loss by partnering with carefully selected corporate partners in the m...
Black rhino
Black rhino. © Johan Swanepoel / Shutterstock
Species

Black rhino

Follow in the giant footsteps of Africa's leaf-loving rhino and learn about Fauna & Flora's efforts to protect it from p...
Delacour's langur
Delacour's langur. © Nguyen Truong Sinh
Species

Delacour's langur

Find out how Fauna & Flora is protecting one of the world's rarest monkeys and its last remaining limestone forest stron...
Eastern lowland gorilla
Eastern lowland gorilla. © Eric Baccega / Nature Picture Library
Species

Eastern lowland gorilla

Find out how Fauna & Flora and partners are protecting this critically endangered great ape from poaching, habitat loss ...
Grey wolf
Grey wolf in woodland habitat. © Uryadnikov Sergey / Adobe Stock
Species

Grey wolf

Discover how Fauna & Flora and our partners are helping to ensure harmony between humans and the world's largest canid.
Hornbills
Great hornbill. © Biraj Sarkar/ BIA / Minden / Nature Picture Library
Species

Hornbills

Hornbills are under threat from deforestation and hunting. Find out more about these extraordinary birds and how we can ...
Jaguar
Jaguar. © Mike Lane / iStock
Species

Jaguar

Find out more about the world's largest spotted cat and the threats it faces throughout its range in the Americas.
Lansan tree
Lansan tree. © Jeremy Holden / Fauna & Flora
Species

Lansan tree

Discover more about how we've helped protect the threatened Caribbean tree that produces incense.
Wild magnolias
Wild magnolia flower. © Chu Xuan Canh / Fauna & Flora
Species

Wild magnolias

How Fauna & Flora and partners are saving the critically endangered wild ancestors of some of the world's oldest trees.
Myanmar snub-nosed monkey
Myanmar snub-nosed monkey. © Yin Yang
Species

Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

Uncover the secrets of Myanmar's very own sneezing monkey and learn about our efforts to secure its future.
Saiga
Saiga in grassland habitat. © Victor Tyakht / Adobe Stock
Species

Saiga

Discover how Fauna & Flora and partners have halted the dramatic decline of the saiga antelope, which once roamed the st...
Siamese crocodile
Siamese crocodile. © Jeremy Holden / Fauna & Flora
Species

Siamese crocodile

Discover how one of the world's rarest reptiles is rebounding from the brink of extinction after its rediscovery by Faun...
Sumatran tiger
Sumatran tiger close up. © Ondřej Prosický / Adobe Stock
Species

Sumatran tiger

Feast on fascinating facts about Indonesia's last surviving tiger and how we're supporting the country's efforts to prot...
Tonkin snub-nosed monkey
Tonkin snub-nosed monkey. © Le Khac Quyet / Fauna & Flora
Species

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey

Meet the mysterious monkey that Fauna & Flora rediscovered in Vietnam and find out how we're tackling the threats to its...
Union Island gecko
Species

Union Island gecko

Find out about the dazzling and diminutive Union Island gecko and our work to protect this critically endangered Caribbe...
Yellow-naped amazon
Yellow-naped parrot. © Ondrej Prosicky / Adobe Stock
Species

Yellow-naped amazon

Follow the fate of the critically endangered Central American parrot that Fauna & Flora and partners are helping to prot...
Cao vit gibbon
Cao vit gibbon. © Ryan Deboodt
Species

Cao vit gibbon

High-speed swingers with haunting calls, cao vit gibbons are under threat from hunting and habitat loss in their shrinki...
Aerial view showing the impact of deforestation. © Ruben Bañuelos Bons / Fauna & Flora

Too precious to destroy

We must act quickly to stop vital natural habitats from being lost forever.

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Aerial view showing the impact of deforestation. © Ruben Bañuelos Bons / Fauna & Flora