A BETTER LIVING PLANET FOR LIFE
We play the role of a catalyst in facilitating interactions between organisations to produce an effect which is greater than the sum of their separate effects. ‘A better living planet’ – the crux of our survival, and we strive to achieve this by synergizing human-machine brilliance and collective intelligence.
Life on Land
Deforestation, Desertification and Bio diversity are the major challengers to sustainable development affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions. The figures are alarming – 13 million hectares of forests lost annually, desertification of 3.6 billion hectares of land – across the world. Add to this is the fact that 8% of the known animal breeds are extinct (of the 8,300) and another 22% at risk of extinction.
Forests cover 30% of earth, providing food and shelter and are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and are home to the indigenous population. Nature is key for recreation and mental well-being and many cultures link spiritual values to it. By protecting forests, we can strengthen natural resource management and increase land productivity.
Strategizing about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction can deliver benefits that will increase the resilience of people to the impacts of climate change.
Life on Water
Oceans cover 75% of the Earth, contain 97 % of its water, and represent 99% of the living space on the planet by volume. Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Oceans drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food and even the oxygen we breathe are provided and regulated by the sea. Oceans and seas are vital conduits for trade and transportation and great tourism opportunities by being home to many rare and beautiful creatures.
The deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution has had an overall impact on all aspects mentioned above and increasing levels of debris in the world’s oceans have led to major environmental and economic impact.
Careful management is critical to conserve and sustainably use this global resource. Sustainability can be achieved through international cooperation to protect vulnerable habitats. Establishing effective managed systems of government-protected areas should be pursued to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable future for the fishing industry.