Paula J. Ehrlich is President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Co-Founder of the Half-Earth Project, the leading voice for E.O. Wilson’s call to protect half the land and sea in order to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity. The Half-Earth Project is playing a significant role in ensuring we leave no species behind through research that provides scientific leadership in service of a resilient planet, education that fosters an intergenerational commitment to stewardship of the Earth, and engagement of a global community that perceives and celebrates the inherent value of nature.
Dr. Ehrlich has led the development of the Half-Earth Project Map, raising over $20M in support of this research endeavor to provide a global, spatially explicit, and taxonomically comprehensive high-resolution map of species distributions for use in conservation planning and public engagement with the goal of Half-Earth. The most recent update to the Half-Earth Project Map introduces National Report Cards and the Species Protection Index, which focuses at the national level on how well conserved places are protecting the species within them and identifies priorities for future conservation efforts that best safeguard biodiversity.