Interactive map of AZE sites

AZE sites interactive map

This map shows the sites that hold the last-remaining populations of 1,483 of the Earth’s most threatened species. Protecting these sites is essential to preventing species extinction.

Explore interactive map of AZE sites

Our Impact

Launched globally in 2005, the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) was established to identify, effectively conserve and safeguard the most important sites for preventing global species extinctions.

The protection of AZE sites is a recognized indicator for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Targets, particularly for Aichi Targets 11 and 12. Governments are increasingly incorporating the conservation of AZE sites into their national policies, and international financial institutions use AZE sites to screen investments for potential impacts on sites of biodiversity significance.

Amboli toad. Photo credit: Pranad Patil.

Amboli toad. Photo credit: Pranad Patil.

853AZE sites worldwide
57%of AZE sites are at least partially protected
115+conservation organizations worldwide have committed to conserving AZE sites as part of the Alliance

Interested in our approach to conservation? Learn how other organizations have successfully integrated it into their existing strategies. Read our case studies

Featured Stories

More information

These updates from AZE protected sites tell stories of the work done by our member organizations and their conservation successes worldwide.

Conservation and green livelihoods in the Democratic Republic of Congo

NEW! AZE partner BioConserve was created to bring together conservation minds from various social sectors to develop strategies for sustainable ecosystem services in the eastern Congo, particularly in the AZE site Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the surrounding landscape. In this region, extensive deforestation and forest degradation have caused an overwhelming havoc on terrestrial and aquatic Read more about Conservation and green livelihoods in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Brighter future for Jamaican Iguanas

Jamaica is considered a hotspot within a hotspot of biodiversity, as it has the greatest number of endemic birds and plants of any Caribbean island, and numerous unique reptiles, amphibians and insects. There are five AZE sites in Jamaica, including Hellshire Hills, which holds the last known population of the Jamaican Rock Iguana, Cyclura collei. Read more about Brighter future for Jamaican Iguanas

Relationship with Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) All AZE sites are also KBAs. These sites form a sub-set of KBAs that are in most urgent need of conservation in order to prevent imminent global extinction. More information

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Bale Mountains. Photo: stefancek