The Living Planet Report 2020 (LPR) shows us that global biodiversity loss is at its worst. In order to give better directions for allocating resources, a regional assessment was performed which we will distil for you in this article.

In the LPR 2020, five major threat categories were used to illustrate the impacts that are driving biodiversity’s decline. Through this frame, governments and organisations can better come up with solutions or mitigations that are suitable for the ecosystems as well as the local communities.

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Soure: Living Planet Report 2020, WWF.

The analysis was carried out for 5 regions: Europe and Central Asia, Asia Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Africa and North America. Taking species population as a measure, a significant loss in biodiversity was found in all regions, with encroachment on natural land identified as the most prominent threat to wildlife. Latin America & the Caribbean have sustained a loss of 94% since 1975.

Here, we will guide you through threats each region is facing and give some current examples.

North America

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Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2020.

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Europe and Central Asia

Europe and central Asia biodiversity loss

Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2020.

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Latin America & Caribbean

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Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2020.

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Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2020.

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Asia Pacific

living planet report Asia pacific biodiversity loss

Source: Living Planet Report 2020.

We are in a time of global upheaval, both politically, economically and in regards to our environment. The latter has not yet superseded the two former, but report like the LPR are driving a growing understanding on the gravity of the situation. Our life-support system, the world we live in, is in a critical state and to simply understand and acknowledge this is the first step.

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This article was written by Wing Ki Leung. Photo by Warlen G Vasco on Unsplash.

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