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Living Planet Report 2018
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Living Planet Report 2018

The Living Planet Report, published every two years, is the world's leading science-based analysis on the health of our only planet and the impact of human activity.
Its key finding? Humanity's demands exceed our planet's capacity to sustain us. That is, we ask for more than what we have.

The Living Planet Report 2018 is the twelfth edition of the report and provides the scientific evidence to what nature has been telling us repeatedly: unsustainable human activity is pushing the planet’s natural systems that support life on Earth to the edge.

Through multiple indicators including the Living Planet Index (LPI), provided by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the report shows us the urgent need for a new global deal for nature and people with clear, ambitious goals, targets and metrics, to reverse the devastating trend of biodiversity loss currently impacting the one planet we all call home.

To learn more about the Living Planet Index, how it's calculated, and what it tells us, read the technical supplement here.

Read the interactive summary here
Dr Henry Chan at BFM radio for an interview about the Living Planet Report 2018.
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Living Planet Report 2018 Podcast

WWF-Malaysia Conservation Director, Dr Henry Chan explains how Malaysia's biodiversity is doing in an interview with Juliet Jacobs on BFM.


The Living Planet Report

The Living Planet Report presents a comprehensive overview of the state of our natural world, twenty years after the flagship report was first published. Through indicators such as the Living Planet Index (LPI), provided by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Species Habitat Index (SHI), the IUCN Red List Index (RLI) and the Biodiversity Intactness Index (BII), as well as Planetary Boundaries and the Ecological Footprint, the report paints a singular disturbing picture: human activity is pushing the planet’s natural systems that support life on earth to the edge.

“Science is showing us the harsh reality our forests, oceans and rivers are enduring at our hands. Inch by inch and species by species, shrinking wildlife numbers and wild places are an indicator of the tremendous impact and pressure we are exerting on the planet, undermining the very living fabric that sustains us all: nature and biodiversity,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.

The LPI, which tracks trends in global wildlife abundance, indicates that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles declined, on average, by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014, the most recent year with available data. The top threats to species identified in the report are directly linked to human activities, including habitat loss and degradation and overexploitation of wildlife.

Living Planet Report Partners

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation, and educational organization. Its mission is to achieve and promote the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL runs London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology, and is actively involved in field conservation worldwide.
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Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
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Global Footprint Network
promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable.

Together with its partners, the Network coordinates research, develops methodological standards, and provides decision makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth’s ecological limits.
Living Planet Report Partner - Global Footprint Network
European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. The Agency’s various programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our solar system and the universe. ESA is a new partner for the Living Planet Report 2012, with ESA astronaut André Kuipers writing the foreword for the LPR, and launching the ground-breaking report during his PromISSe mission in the International Space Station in May 2012.

Conservation from space

In addition to the Living Planet Report, WWF is collaborating with ESA on a number of fronts, including mapping for a Heart of Borneo “Green Economy” project and a planned project supporting FSC management in Peru. WWF utilizes remote sensing using satellite technology for a wide range of applications in its work, especially in the field around the world. The range of activities and applications being undertaken include mapping and monitoring forests, fire monitoring, using satellites for monitoring of illegal activities, and support for sustainable forest management.
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Living Planet Report Partner - European Space Agency
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