Protecting 30% of the Planet by 2030
Recorded Live on February 26, 2020
Great Adventures & Exploration 2019-20
Jonathan Baillie is a global leader in conservation biology and has authored some of the most influential reports on the status and trends of the world’s species and ecosystems. He is CEO of NATURAL STATE, a technology focused conservation organization helping scale global efforts to secure 30% of the planet by 2030. Before working for NATURAL STATE he was the executive vice president and chief scientist of the National Geographic Society (NGS) where he oversaw grants, impact initiatives, National Geographic labs, explorer programs and the international teams. Prior to the NGS, Baillie was the Director of conservation programs at the Zoological Society of London where he oversaw projects in over 50 countries. Baillie’s extensive fieldwork includes understanding the persistence and vulnerability of island-endemic birds in the Gulf of Guinea, conducting behavioral studies of desert baboons in Namibia, researching and monitoring western lowland gorillas in Gabon, and discovering evidence of EDGE species (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) such as the long-beaked echidna in the Cyclops Mountains in Indonesia.