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WAR ON NATURE

A New DOCUSeries by Global Conservation

News

 NEWS

EPISODES

WAR ON NATURE: UGANDA

Despite the ongoing threat of poaching, our efforts have yielded promising results. From the resurgence of elephants and Rothschild giraffes to the preservation of Uganda's diverse wildlife, our commitment remains unwavering.

Join us on a journey to Murchison Falls, Uganda's gem in wildlife tourism, where the battle against poaching is more critical than ever. Global Conservation stands at the forefront, sponsoring Hilton's mission and supporting the protection of Murchison Falls National Park through our innovative Global Park Defense system.

WAR ON NATURE: SUMATRA

Just one wild place remains on earth where tigers, elephants, orangutans, and rhinos share space: the Leuser Ecosystem World Heritage Site on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The Leuser Ecosystem spans over 6 million acres, three times the size of Yellowstone National Park. Its diverse landscape includes lowland and montane rainforests, nine rivers, three lakes, and over 460,000 acres of carbon-rich peatlands. One of the last remaining intact rainforests in all of Indonesia, it is a crucial source of clean drinking water and agricultural livelihoods for over four million people. The ecosystem services provided by the Leuser Ecosystem have been estimated to value $23 billion.

 

Story

STORY

War on Nature exposes the ongoing destruction of the world’s last intact forests, marine ecosystems, and endangered species and Global Conservation’s race to protect them against mass extinction.  This new film series takes the audience to the world’s most critical frontline battles in the War on Nature – from Africa to the Amazon, the jungles of Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra to the coral reefs of Derawan Archipelago – to meet the real Heroes in Protection battling to save our planet.

The amazing Heroes in Protection fighting the War on Nature include Farwiza Farhan of HaKA, a TIME 100 Winner in 2023, and Michael Keigwin, head of Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF), who has dedicated his life to protecting Uganda’s endangered national parks. In their fight to save our planet, these conservation leaders have faced massive illegal wildlife poaching, heavy corruption, and fights against criminal gangs, all with limited financial resources.    

The series explores the massive impact of illegal logging and mining, palm oil expansion, wildlife poaching, illegal fishing, and the burning of the Earth’s last intact forests and wildlife habitats. Without the support of international donors and Global Conservation, these endangered UNESCO World Heritage sites, Indigenous Territories, National Parks, and Marine Protected Areas face daunting challenges for survival.

Directed and narrated by world-renowned conservation filmmakers like Paul Hilton and Andrea Pistoli, the first two films of the series focus on the War on Nature: Uganda and the War on Nature: Sumatra. Upcoming episodes in the War on Nature series include Panama, Georgia, Zimbabwe, Borneo, and Marine Protection.

Filmmakers

FILMMAKER

Paul Hilton
Internationally-acclaimed Conservation
Photographer and Filmmaker

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Paul Hilton is a wildlife crime consultant and has partnered with some of the largest conservation NFPs, such as the Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, WildAid, and the Oceanic Preservation Society. Paul has dedicated his life to his craft, renowned for photojournalism that opens our eyes to faraway places and brings dangerous stories into our living rooms. 

 

In this quest, Paul has spent the past three decades documenting deforestation, focusing on land clearing and the illegal wildlife trade in Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, following the shark-fin trade across the globe, from the fishing ports of Yemen and the Middle East to the high seas of the Pacific and Indian oceans; documenting life onboard long-lining fleets from Taiwan, China, the Philippines, and Indonesia, and the dried seafood markets of Southern China and Hong Kong. Paul is presently working on Kalamunda, an in-depth look into deforestation and habitat destruction and its impact on the Australian continent.

 

Paul’s footage of the illegal wildlife trade features heavily throughout the 2015 film Racing Extinction, produced by the Ocean Preservation Society and directed by Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

 

His work has also been featured in numerous television documentaries: Change Drivers for Discovery Channel, Ocean Warriors directed by Robert Redford for Animal Planet, and Why On Earth, alongside Clint Eastwood.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

War on Nature is fundamentally a war on all of humanity's life support systems.

Every time we lose a species, we are one step closer to our demise, and by traveling to these locations and meeting the people on the ground, it really hits home how underfunded and underappreciated they truly are. 

 

These frontline heroes go over and above to protect biodiversity and critical habitat, and now Global Conservation is supporting more and more of these people and places one protected area at a time. 

“What we do to the natural world, we do to ourselves.”

Paul Hilton

FEATURING PAUL HILTON, MICHAEL KEIGWIN, HARUNA KULU KIRYA, AND JEFF MORGAN
DIRECTOR I PAUL HILTON PRODUCER I LUCIA SANTIAGO DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY I PAUL HILTON, ADAM OSWELL, AND LUCIA SANTIAGO
ARCHIVE I SAVE THE ELEPHANTS ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE ARTLIST SCREENPLAY I PAUL HILTON, LUCIA SANTIAGO, AND ANJALI RAO 
EDITOR I LUCIA SANTIAGO  NARRATION I RADHIKA RAO  MUSIC ARTISTS I SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY

Humanity is waging a War on Nature.

Global Conservation is backing the Heroes in Protection, critical to protecting our planet’s most endangered national parks, indigenous territories, and marine protected areas.

Biodiversity is collapsing. Millions of species are going extinct. 

Armed conflicts are inflicting massive damage from Ukraine to Gaza to the Congo.

Relentless greed and industrial expansion are destroying our last remaining intact forests and marine ecosystems.

Every year, tens of thousands of acres of intact primary rainforests are being cut and burned for palm oil, cattle ranching, coca plantations, illegal mining and the unrelenting expansion of human settlement.

In 2023, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated:

Yet we seem hellbent on destruction. Our actions are laying waste to forests, jungles, farmland, wetlands, oceans, coral reefs, rivers, seas and lakes. Biodiversity is collapsing as millions of species teeter on the brink of extinction.

We must end these relentless and senseless Wars on Nature. We have the tools, the knowledge and the solutions. We need to massively scale-up investment now.

War on Nature exposes the world of forest destruction and endangered species and the race to protect them. 

This new film series takes the audience to the world’s most critical frontline battles in the War on Nature.

From the air we breathe to the water we drink to the soil that grows our food, humanity’s health depends on the health of Mother Earth.

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