At the beginning of the 21st Century, the state of wilderness on the various continents differed greatly. Nevertheless, one characteristic was common to all - humans were putting wild areas under siege. Time to act becomes smaller each day.
Although protected areas have increased on paper, the actual situation on the ground is very different - especially in poorer countries and regions. Many of these 'protected' areas are subject to illegal hunting, tree cutting, and human settlement. Inadequate resources are being provided for protecting what wilderness remains.