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Living Planet Report 2020

The Living Planet Index

The population sizes of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have seen an alarming average drop of 68% since 1970.

The Living Planet Index by region

Living Planet Report 2020 booklet
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Why are we losing nature?

Why are we losing nature?

For a long time, it was still possible to say “more science is needed” to understand how exactly human activities were harming the natural world. Not anymore.

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Freshwater

Freshwater

We rely on freshwater for our survival but human activities are putting this vital resource under tremendous strain.

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Insects, soil & plants

Insects, soil & plants

Rhinos, polar bears and tigers may be the focus of most headlines about species loss, but did you know that many insects, plants and microscopic life forms are also facing extinction?

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Food security

Food security

Thousands of species of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms are used for food. A vast range of others are essential to food production – ranging from pollinators that enable crop reproduction to microorganisms that enrich soils.

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Healthy people

Healthy people

Almost all aspects of human health depend on a thriving natural world. But if biodiversity loss continues at the current rate, the health and well-being of many will only get worse.

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The economy

The economy

Almost all of our economic activity relies on nature. If we don’t tackle the nature loss crisis, we risk huge disruption to the world’s economies and harm to the lives and livelihoods of many millions.

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Reversing nature loss

Reversing nature loss

Cutting-edge modelling shows that the world could start to stabilize and reverse the loss of nature as early as 2030.

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Nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions

We often think that technology will provide all the answers we need to the nature loss and climate crises. While this is sometimes the case, nature itself can provide many of the solutions we need.

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What can you do?

Humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts not only on wildlife populations but also on human health and all aspects of our lives.

Do something about it