Mission: To help solve the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.
Background: The Paris climate agreement's most ambitious goal is to keep global warming below 2°C and, if possible, to limit it to 1.5°C. Two years in development, the Global Safety Net is the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential to ensure biodiversity and climate resilience. Led by research organization RESOLVE, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, and Globaïa, and with funding provided by One Earth, the interactive map is based on a report first published in Science Advances that highlights the importance of protecting and restoring the natural world in the face of three converging crises — climate change, biodiversity loss, and the emergence of new viruses such as COVID-19.
Outstanding Web Features: The Global Safety Net map brings together an array of global-scale data sets and compiles them into five main layers: Species Rarity Sites, High Biodiversity Areas, Large Mammal Landscapes, Intact Wilderness, and Climate Stabilization Areas. Users can click on a country, state, or ecoregion to see configurations of biologically important land for each region and can also toggle layers that show inland surface water and wildlife corridors that animals could use to migrate between protected areas. A slider feature at the top of the map can be used to adjust the transparency of the layers superimposed on the base map, allowing visitors to view specific locations or topographical features in relation to one or more of the layers, and visitors can click any of the boundaries to get more biodiversity information, with an option to display the data as a table. More information on the methodology behind the analysis and other supplemental materials are available on the Science page, while a tutorial page provides useful information with respect to using the map and getting the most out of the data it presents.