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Biodiversity

We share our planet with millions of different species.

This huge variety of animals and plants, and the places they live, is called biodiversity. And, together, they provide us with essentials like food, drinking water, clean air, medicines and shelter.

Biodiversity is our safety net.
​Think of all the different species and places on our planet as threads in a net. The more threads that intertwine, the stronger the net – and the better nature can provide for us and cope with threats such as climate change.

Unfortunately, people have been unpicking the safety net for decades.

We’ve flattened forests to make way for farming. We’ve netted fish until their numbers collapse. And we’ve bulldozed wetlands so that floods wreak havoc.

The good news is that for the first time in human history, we understand the impact we're having on the natural world we love and depend on − and we know how we can start to mend the net. There is still time to reverse this loss of nature. But we need to act now or face catastrophic change.

Science has never been clearer, awareness has never been greater. It's time for decisive action.

​Marco Lambertini
@WWF_DG

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Nature can thrive again

We can be smarter about how we use our oceans, freshwater and land, and how we produce energy, food and other resources.
 
We have the knowledge and capability to move towards a better future for people and nature. And we’re already exploring new ways to feed our growing population, meet our energy demands and manage our water supply.
 
Now is the time to get behind these solutions to ensure that everyone gets a fair share without destroying nature.

Wildlife populations have declined, on average, by 58% between 1970 and 2012.

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An unmissable opportunity

We're rapidly approaching an unmissable opportunity for the world to change direction.
2020 sees a historic moment when world leaders will take key decisions on the environment, climate and sustainable development. These decisions will set the agenda for the next decade.

Together, we can influence these global decisions and send a message that it's no longer acceptable to continue destroying our natural world – and that we can take a different, better path. 

Put simply, we need governments to commit to halt and start reversing the loss of nature by 2030, and restore nature to more sustainable levels by 2050.

The latest on biodiversity at WWF
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17 Jan 2019

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18 Dec 2018

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11 Dec 2018

Today, the European Parliament voted in favour of increasing the allocation for LIFE, the EU’s only ...

30 Nov 2018

The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity ...

16 Nov 2018

Higher ambition and increased political leadership needed to reverse devastating nature loss, as ...

30 Oct 2018

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23 Oct 2018

‘Measuring Rewilding Progress’ - A new publication in the leading biology journal Philosophical ...

04 Oct 2018

On Tuesday (9 October), the Environment Council will meet to develop EU recommendation ahead of the ...

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