Unsustainable human activity continues to accelerate biodiversity loss, pushing the planet’s natural systems to the brink. The latest Living Planet Index shows that global populations of vertebrate species have declined by an average of 68% since 1970. In short: nature – our life support system – is declining at a staggering rate.
The Living Planet Report is one of the longest-running efforts to track the state of our living world and the latest findings are an urgent call for action to avoid a catastrophic loss of the Earth’s biodiversity. Biodiversity loss is not just a conservation issue but is strongly linked to the wellbeing of our societies and economies.
This edition of the Living Planet Report highlights that freshwater biodiversity is declining at a far faster rate than in oceans or on land. Nearly 90% of global wetlands have been lost since 1700 and are still being destroyed three times faster than forests. More than 80% of East and Southeast Asia’s wetlands are classified as threatened due to human activity.