About us

Welcome to ecoxplore

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The ecoxplore project is committed to promoting quality environmental education about the world’s ecoregions, sustainable living, and a better future for our planet.

About

Our journey began with the hard work and dedication of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) through their regionalisation of the natural world into 867 terrestrial ecoregions. From mighty forests to lonesome deserts, WWF mapped out our whole planet based on its ecological diversity.

We used this open data and incorporated it with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Ecosystems which is a new global standard for assessing the risks faced by our world’s ecoregions. The Red List allows scientists all around the world to identify common symptoms of ecosystems within ecoregions that are struggling with our human impacts on them. Gauged from intact to on the brink of collapse, the work is an ongoing attempt to better understand and support our natural world. 

So what does ecoxplore do with all this information? We identified the need for people to feel empowered about doing something to support our natural world. This resulted in our ecoregion profiles. They use information from the 867 terrestrial ecoregions combined with IUCN Red List assessments to identify resources, at-home tips, products, services and more to present options for your everyday actions and learning to help your ecoregion. Whether you’re a researcher, conscious family, or business-owner wanting to do the right thing, we hope you find use in ecoxplore and the pathways it presents to learn more and do more for the ecoregions we all need.

 

So what does ecoxplore do with all this information? We identified the need for people to feel empowered about doing something to support our natural world. This resulted in our ecoregion profiles. They use information from the 867 terrestrial ecoregions combined with IUCN Red List assessments to identify resources, at-home tips, products, services and more to present options for your everyday actions and learning to help your ecoregion. Whether you’re a researcher, conscious family, or business-owner wanting to do the right thing, we hope you find use in ecoxplore and the pathways it presents to learn more and do more for the ecoregions we all need.

Our mission

At ecoxplore, we believe that every individual can make a difference and that the scientific community needs to better support the global community to do so. This forms the heart of the ecoxplore mission statement, that… 

“No-one should underestimate the power of their everyday actions, no matter how large or small, in either caring for, or corroding, the natural world. It is our duty as ecologists in the 21st century to help people understand the possibilities and ease of choosing the former”.

This mission statement has led to the shaping and ethos of ecoxplore, driving us to create an inclusive community that embraces sustainable practices and empowers individuals to become environmental stewards. Throughout this work we endeavour to present you with options to learn and act on supporting ecoregions, with the most accurate and up-to-date information and resources. However, as this is a project in progress, we still have a long way to go, and require assistance where people can contribute to the knowledge-bank of each ecoregion.

If you know about a business that is offering sustainable products or services or even if you know of something fascinating that people can learn or engage with in your ecoregion, please reach out to us. We are never too old, or too perfect to learn from others, and so we humbly propose the ecoxplore project as something to be guided by our audience, as much as it is used by them.

Through our online platform, we aim to foster a global community of environmentally conscious individuals who share a common goal of preserving our planet for future generations. We encourage open dialogue, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas to create innovative solutions to the pressing environmental challenges we face.    

Our values

In our work bringing you resources to support the ecoregions you love, we endeavour to align with these six United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Goal 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Goal 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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Goal 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Goal 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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Goal 15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

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Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Goal 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Goal 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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Goal 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Goal 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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Goal 15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

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Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

11

Goal 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

12

Goal 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

13

Goal 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

14

Goal 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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Goal 15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Our lead

Meet Dr Mark Nadir Runkovski, the driving force behind ecoxplore! With a deep-rooted love for nature and a strong desire to make a positive impact, Mark embarked on a mission to create a platform that would inspire and empower individuals to take meaningful action towards environmental conservation. 

Mark believes strongly in the power of open data, interactive media and supporting people to make better choices for the natural world. He works as a senior environmental scientist in Queensland, Australia, having graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Ecology from Lancaster University, United Kingdom and a PhD from Griffith University, Australia. Mark has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and conference abstracts on conservation and ecosystem management. 

His work now focuses on attempting to better integrate people with the natural world, through creative tools, resources, and know-how to increase opportunities in the face of the rapid demise of nature. To date this has included working on over 150 projects with businesses, governments and landholders, the design and release of resources like the Back from the Brink campaign and the conceptualisation and release of tools such as GroNATIVE.

 

Our lead

Meet Dr Mark Nadir Runkovski, the driving force behind ecoxplore! With a deep-rooted love for nature and a strong desire to make a positive impact, Dr Runkovski embarked on a mission to create a platform that would inspire and empower individuals to take meaningful action towards environmental conservation. 

 

He believes strongly in the power of open data, interactive media and supporting people to make better choices for the natural world, and the future of humanity. He works as a senior environmental scientist in Queensland, Australia, having graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Ecology from Lancaster University, United Kingdom and a PhD from Griffith University, Australia. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and conference abstracts on conservation and ecosystem management. 

His work now focuses on attempting to better integrate people with the natural world, through creative tools, resources, and know-how to increase opportunities in the face of the rapid demise of nature. To date this has included working on over 150 projects with businesses, governments and landholders, the design and release of resources like the Back from the Brink campaign and the conceptualisation and release of tools such as GroNATIVE. If you have advice, questions or concerns about ecoxplore, please get in touch with us via our Contact page.

Important info

The ecoxplore project takes no responsibility for any liability or damage (legal, financial, brand, or otherwise) arising from the use of this website, its associated documents and resources. No representation, warranty, or guarantee, express or implied, is made that the information provided is accurate, current, or complete. Whilst care is taken in the collection and provision of this information, ecoxplore will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or mistakes in any information or damages resulting from the use of this information or any decision made, or action taken in reliance on this information. The operating language of ecoxplore is English. 

If you have questions or concerns about ecoxplore, please get in touch with us via our Contact page.

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