The world has agreed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. But we need to act now to move to a nature-positive future with more nature tomorrow than there is today.

WWF is campaigning for an end to the devastating loss of biodiversity seen in recent years, for the benefit of all people and the planet.

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Reverse nature loss

  • Wildlife populations have dropped by an average of 69% since 1970.
  • We've lost half of our planet's topsoil
  • Forest cover the size of 27 football fields is destroyed every minute
  • Over a third of the world's wetlands have disappeared since 1970
  • Half of our world's corals have been destroyed and nearly a third of fish stocks are overfished

This unprecedented loss of nature has knock-on consequences for people and the planet we call home. Without urgent and joined-up action we are undermining our efforts to tackle the climate crises and could face worsening water, food and health emergencies. That’s why WWF is part of the global movement to secure a nature-positive world by 2030, working towards a world where there is more nature tomorrow than there is today and nature and people thrive together.

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A nature-positive global agreement

In December 2022, 196 nations agreed to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030 in a landmark deal.

The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework - which includes targets to halt human-induced species loss, conserve 30% of the planet, and tackle the unsustainable footprint of production and consumption, while protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples - was adopted at the United Nations’ biodiversity conference, COP15.

WWF campaigned for an ambitious plan for nature that could be put into action as soon as it was adopted. 

Now, WWF is working with partners to ensure governments feel the pressure to swiftly deliver on their promises.

What happened at COP15
A nature-positive future
Unless the world takes immediate action to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, it will not be possible to limit global warming to 1.5C.

We need action from the whole of society to secure a world where there is more nature by 2030 than there is today. Governments must lead the way with each country sharing their plans for halting and reversing the destruction of biodiversity.

Alongside government action, there is an important role to be played by business, finance and organizations with many opportunities to tackle the climate, nature and pollution crises head on.

The years ahead include several milestones that cannot be missed.

The destruction of nature is a major cause of climate change while climate change is making it harder for nature to recover. Both are having a devastating impact on people and our blue planet.

Unless we stop treating these emergencies as separate issues, neither will be addressed effectively. Without immediate action to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, and deep cuts to fossil fuels, it will not be possible to limit global warming to 1.5C.

WWF supports an equitable, net-zero emissions and nature-positive world.

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