Environmental conservation is the act of preserving, safeguarding, or caring for the environment’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit of current and future generations. Today, our natural resources and cultural sites face a multitude of threats including uncontrolled agricultural and urban development, natural catastrophes, climate change, excessive tourism, and more.
Unsustainable production and consumption patterns are globally exerting unprecedented pressure on our natural resources. Roughly 25% of the earth’s land area is highly degraded, rivers and lakes drying up, and more than 30% of global fisheries are overfished. As a result, numerous species and other forms of biodiversity are vanishing at astonishing rates. Also, greenhouse gas emissions have increased dramatically over the past 25 years leading to substantial changes in the environment. Although many cultural resources have been discovered and protected, there are many that remain forgotten, undiscovered, or unprotected.
Irreplaceable resources such as cultural resources, buildings, structures with unique architecture, artifacts, battlefield entrenchments and prehistoric canals, and burial sites often yield unique information about past societies and environments. Also, they can help provide answers to modern day social and conservation problems.
Plateau, Inc. offers a multi-faceted conservation tool focused on preserving our natural and cultural resources.