Conservation and ecology
Nature Heritage has been involved in several projects in general conservation and ecology.
The Encyclopedia comprehensively addresses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an integrated way. Each of 17 volumes addresses one of the 17 SDGs. This volume Life on Land addresses SDG 15, namely "Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss". We have contributed two chapters: Biodiversity Loss and Countermeasures, and Ecoregions: Mapping Ecosystems to Protect Biodiversity.
For Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia we present baseline information on two highly endangered ecoregions of Chile. These ecoregions are characterized by extraordinary levels of endemism because Chile is a biogeographical island, bordering the sea to the West and isolated from the rest of South America by the Andes mountains to the East. Read More
Per definition, mining is not sustainable because mineral deposits are being removed and are thus not available any longer. Therefore, sustainability in mining refers either to business sustainability or to sustainable development albeit both aspects are intrinsically interwoven. Using Chile, where mining is highly important for the economy, as an example, we shed light on the emerging discrepancy between the increasing efforts to reduce the environmental footprint and to better include socio-environmental aspects in mining policies and procedures on the one hand, and the rising number of social conflicts on the other hand
In southern Africa, the widespread black-backed jackal can transmit canine diseases - some of them fatal such as Canine distemper virus (CDV) - to endangered carnivore species such as seals and lions. Thus, black-backed jackals can act as a conduit transferring deceases from domestic dogs to endangered carnivores. However, much of the ecology of the species remains unknown. We have worked in two different environments in Namibia, the coast and the Namib desert.