Living Planet Report 2016 | WWF-Canada

Living Planet Report 2016

Global wildlife populations face a plunge of more than two-thirds during the 50-year period ending in 2020 as a result of human activities, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016. The report, produced every two years in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, shows how people are overpowering the planet for the first time in Earth’s history.

According to the report, global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have already declined by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012, the most recent year with available data. At this trajectory, the decline could reach 67 per cent by 2020.

Understand the report

  • You can help stop wildlife loss. Here’s how

    WWF’s new Living Planet Report Canada, is a wakeup call. It shows that half the monitored wildlife studied are in decline, and their population numbers have dropped on average 83 per cent since 1970. Even the wildlife federally protected by the Species at Risk Act aren’t spared. We can all embrace this challenge, and together […]

  • Freshwater ecosystems face immediate threats

    A silent crash is taking place in Canada’s waters. From the tiny mussels that filter toxins to the giant sturgeon, a survivor from the time of the dinosaurs, freshwater life is dropping at an alarming rate.

  • Canada’s oceans need meaningful protections. Here’s why

    A 36 per cent decline in ocean wildlife populations and increase in unsustainable fishing show Canada needs more marine protected areas.

  • An urgent call for change from the Arctic

    From retreating sea ice to the arrival of unfamiliar species, the environment in the North is already undergoing a dramatic change. If we don’t act quickly, it might be irreversible.

  • 15 ways Canada can help wildlife thrive again

    The Living Planet Report 2016 shows the world is on track to lose 67 per cent of wildlife populations by 2020. Here are 15 things Canada can do to help stop that from happening.

The Living Planet Report is more than just a wakeup call. We cannot continue to think that we can separate environment and economy without dire consequences for wildlife, habitat and humanity.

David Miller, president and CEO, WWF-Canada

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Living Planet Report 2016
The Global Living Planet Index shows a decline of 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012.

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