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Exploration provides the foundation for species and habitat conservation.

The discoveries of early explorers, from the ancient Greeks through 19th century naturalists such as Charles Darwin and John James Audubon, provided critical data on the distributions of species and their status. There is still much to know about natural world of our planet, with many exciting places to explore and untold species yet unknown to science. We still know little about so many of the Earth’s threatened and rare species, whose future existence depends on humanity’s capacity to document and describe them.

We work as the new generation of scientists to carry forward this legacy of exploration, made even more urgent by the increasing threats to our natural world.

Expeditions – Wildlife Explorers

GWC staff and partners have wide experience planning, organizing and implementing large and small-scale biodiversity expeditions to remote, unexplored areas of the world. GWC works with an extensive network of expert scientists who can rapidly survey and identify species and habitats of interest.

In order to protect the most threatened species and places on Earth, we must first know what and where they are. Exploration is urgently needed for many biodiversity rich areas of the world.

Through GWC’s Wildlife Explorers program, field scientists will explore wild places, document species, and discover species new to science to promote and guide species and habitat conservation.

Wildlife Explorers will work with a wide network of partner scientists, NGOs, and academic institutions to:

  • Conduct GWC Led Expeditions
  • Conduct Collaborative Expeditions
  • Support Partner Expeditions
  • Search for Lost or Endangered Species

Baseline Biodiversity Surveys

GWC staff has over 14 years of experience organizing, implementing, and evaluating rapid biodiversity field surveys for conservation and development as well experience with IFC and other international standards. GWC has an extensive network of expert scientists who can rapidly survey and identify species and habitats of interest.

GWC and partners offer services for:

  • Baseline Biodiversity Field Surveys for ESIAs and pre-ESIA stages
  • Evaluation of Biodiversity Data for compliance with international standards, particularly the IFC’s Performance Standard 6
  • Guidance on Mitigation Hierarchy for Biodiversity Values
  • Biodiversity Offsets Design and Development
  • Biodiversity Monitoring
  • Conservation Planning and Links to Conservation NGOs
  • Tools and Methods for Biodiversity Assessment
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