The Atlas of Global Conservation

A global perspective on what's where, what's at stake, and what opportunities exist for protecting the natural world. read more / instructions


These maps are the result of an unprecedented effort by Nature Conservancy scientists, in collaboration with governments, scientists and conservation organizations around the world - over 80 global maps describing the state of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. Read more about the Atlas or buy it in book form.

To view a map, simply choose a habitat type (freshwater, marine, or terrestrial) from the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner of the map, and then choose a map from the second drop-down menu. To find out more, simply click one of the shapes on the map to get precise values for that area. Click "Layer Description" (in the bottom right corner) to see metadata about the map, or click here to view metadata for the ecoregions. All layers are available to download from DataBasin as Esri layer packages, or alternatively in KML format. Contact us with any questions.

If you wish to cite one of these maps, please use the following reference: Hoekstra JM, Molnar JL, Jennings M, Revenga C, Spalding MD, Boucher TM, Robertson JC, Heibel TJ, Ellison K (2010) The Atlas of Global Conservation: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities to Make a Difference (ed. Molnar JL). Berkeley: University of California Press.

The original version of these maps published with fusion tables is also available, although we recommend the map above for the best experience.

Our work is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.