Global Safety Net

The first global-scale analysis of land areas requiring protection to solve the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, upholding and strengthening Indigenous land rights.

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More than two years in development, the Global Safety Net is the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances and highlights the importance of protecting and restoring the natural world to address three converging crises -- climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the emergence of novel viruses such as COVID-19.

The research team was led by the research organization RESOLVE in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, and Globaïa, with funding provided by One Earth. The data compiled for the Global Safety Net (GSN1) is available through an interactive web application (GSNapp) developed by One Earth in partnership with Google Earth Engine and the data visualization firm Graphicacy. Users can click on a country, state, or ecoregion to see configurations of biologically important land for each region. Read more > 

Use the GSN Viewer to explore the Global Safety Net data for any location and help identify areas that need to be


The GSN is ideal for:

  • Land use managers/planners
  • Educators
  • Conservationists
  • Elected officials/policy makers
  • Media/journalists
  • Everyday climate champions
  • GSNi offers the world a global stocktake of collective progress towards a robust, connected, and equitable distribution of conservation areas around the world.

    Karl Burkart

    One Earth Co-Founder

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