Swiss Philanthropist Donates $1 Billion To Save World’s Wilderness From Destruction – Here’s Where The Money Is Going

Source: Business Insider/Peter Kotecki

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In October 2018, Swiss philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss announced a $1 billion donation to conserve the planet’s oceans and lands.

Wyss, a billionaire and conservationist, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that his eponymous foundation will donate the money over the next 10 years to conservation projects led by indigenous people, local leaders, and conservation groups. He wants to help conserve 30% of the planet by 2030, adding that lands and waters are best protected when they are turned into public national parks, marine reserves, and wildlife refuges.

Such a large increase in conservation would widen the availability of clean air and drinking water, and prevent the extinction of many species. Researchers at Brown University have found that animal and plant species are going extinct 1,000 times faster than they did prior to human activity.

Wyss’s donation will also be used to raise awareness about the importance of conservation and to fund scientific research on how to reach the 30% goal.

Greg Zimmerman, the communications director at the Wyss Campaign for Nature, told Business Insider that the foundation supports projects that are locally-driven instead of dictating how to protect land.

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