Founded in 1999, Biosphere Expeditions is also an officially accredited member of the United Nations Environment Program's Governing Council & Global Ministerial Environment Forum and an officially accredited member of the International Union for Conservation (IUCN).
The term "Biosphere" was coined by Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadsky in 1929 and is defined as "the part of the Earth's surface and atmosphere occupied by living things". This encompassing term, we believe, is a fair reflection of our mission. We hope with our conservation expeditions to make a significant difference to our biosphere and conserving part of our global natural heritage.
Achievements and accolades
We have achieved a great many things in conservation, have the record to show this, and as a result received a great many awards, honors and accreditations. Click your way through them below.
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Examples of conservation outcomes
• We played an active role in saving 50 wolves from being declared legitimate hunting targets in the Bieszczady mountains in Poland. This was achieved by providing accurate information on the predator numbers and by influencing the local authorities who reversed their decision to cull wolves.
• Fewer lions, leopards and cheetahs have been killed in farmer-predator conflict in Namibia due to our data collection, awareness-building and educational work.
• Data collected by our expeditions in the Altai have helped our local and international partners make arguments that have led to the declaration of a protected area in the Altai Republic, Central Asia. This area now provides protected habitat for a number of endangered species, including the snow leopard.
• When Australia created the world's largest network of marine reserves in 2012, the Roebuck Commonwealth Marine Reserve, site of a joint Biosphere Expeditions / CVA flatback turtle study, was part of the network. Biosphere Expeditions and CVA were working towards getting flatback turtles listed within the ‘major conservation values’ of the reserve and this is what happened, with the citation being ‘Foraging area adjacent to important nesting sites for flatback turtles’.
• Data collected by our expeditions in the Caprivi have helped our local and international partners make arguments that have led to the declaration of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or KAZA TFCA. The KAZA TFCA is the world's largest conservation area, spanning five southern African countries; Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, centred around the Caprivi-Chobe-Victoria Falls area.
• Data collected by our expeditions in the Ukraine have helped our local partners make arguments that have led to the declaration of a national park in the Ukraine. This park now protects a unique steppe area jutting into the Black Sea and a stop-off point for many migratory birds, as well as a haven for fauna (e.g. birds & wolf) and flora (it boasts amongst other things Europe's biggest orchid field).