The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
There’s no time to waste. We must take action now if nature is going to recover.
THE LIVING PLANET INDEX
Species populations monitored in the Asia-Pacific region have steadily decreased on average since 1970. However, there have been some positive signs since 2010 with increases in a few species of reptiles and amphibians.Other species however have seen an average decline of 45%. Pollution is one of the main causes contributing to this decline.
However, the 24% average decline in populations here between 1970-2016 is smaller than any other region, partly thanks to successful conservation. However, it’s worth noting that this doesn’t mean things are ‘fine’ across the region - Eastern European populations in particular have not fared as well.
However, the data shows that abundance in the region has fallen by 65% on average between 1970 and 2016. Invasive species and disease pose a big threat, alongside overexploitation - particularly of fish and mammals; over 35% of the monitored populations for these two groups have declined.
The biggest declines are among populations of fish, reptiles, amphibians. For freshwater fish this is mostly due to overexploitation, for reptiles it is also due to habitat loss and for amphibians disease is the biggest threat. In Panama for example, the chytrid fungus caused the extinction of 30 amphibian species.
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.
We rely on freshwater for our survival but human activities are putting this vital resource under tremendous strain.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Cutting-edge modelling shows that the world could start to stabilize and reverse the loss of nature as early as 2030.
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.