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The Amphibian and Reptile Trust International is pleased to support The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People. HAC is an intergovernmental group of more than 50 countries co-chaired by Costa Rica, France and the United Kingdom. Their purpose is to develop an ambitious, science-driven global deal to safeguard nature and humanity’s future. The key elements of the plan are:

  • Sustainable management 
  • New spatial targets to protect biodiversity (30x30) 
  • Improved management of existing protected areas 
  • Increased funding 
  • Implementation 

This initiative will be on center stage at the 15th meeting of the Conference on Biological Diversity. 

ARTI’s mission aligns specifically with the new targets to protect biodiversity or what is often being referred as the 30x30. This is a science-based plan is to protect 30% of the world’s lands and oceans by 2030. This is a requirement if we are going to stem the tide of mass extinctions around the globe and ensure the natural production of clean air and water. Currently, an estimated 15% of the world’s land and 7% of the oceans are protected. We have a lot more work that needs to be done. 

For more information visit The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

Recently, the United States Government announced an effort to save 30% of the country’s land area by 2030. Currently, the United States has an estimated 12% of lands as permanently protected. 


The Amphibian and Reptile Trust International supports the efforts of Northeast states protecting the Wood Turtle. You can help our efforts to protect habitat for turtles found in the northeast.

Below is the press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcing $1 million in grant funding to 13 states for Wood Turtle protection. 

Press Release
Northeast states receive federal grant to conserve rare turtle, combat poaching 

Funding from the Competitive State Wildlife Grant Program will support continued scientific collaboration to address range-wide decline of wood turtle.

Friday, July 30 is considered International Day of Friendship. Celebrate with these ways you can show the people you love the most just how much they mean to you.

While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life.

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high.

Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits!

Making a difference in a child’s life sounds like a daunting task, but small acts of kindness can add up and make a huge difference. Start small, like an hour spent volunteering or mentoring.

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.

While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back

If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness.

Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air.

While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay.

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