Biodiversity is being lost at an alarming rate. Today, catastrophic impacts for people and the planet loom closer than ever.
This report by the WWF brings together information and knowledge in hope to inspire action to address the critical global ecological, social and economic challenges of our time.
The most impacting result of the report is that the global Living Planet Index1 shows an average 68% fall in monitored populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016.
It is stated that the loss of biodiversity is not only an environmental issue but a development, economic, global security, ethical and moral one. As well as a human self-preservation issue.
The report also presents the Bending the Curve modelling approach, that shows how with transformational change, we can turn the tide of biodiversity loss.
It is concluded that citizens, governments and business leaders around the globe will need to be part of a movement for change with a scale, urgency and ambition never seen before.
WWF (2020) Living Planet Report 2020-Bending the curve of biodiversity loss. Almond REA, Grooten M, Petersen T (Eds). WWF, Gland, Switzerland
1 The Living Planet Index (LPI) tracks the abundance of almost 21,000 populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians around the world. The building blocks for this indicator are wildlife population datasets.