The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
WWF's living planet report 2020 is released this Thursday, September 10th. It provides irrefutable proof of the erosion of nature, despite all the warning signs that the planet has been sending us since the first edition of the report in 1998, and even before.
In 2020, scientists found that on average, 68% of the animal populations observed in this study are in decline. This discovery is the result of observing these animal populations between 1970 and 2016 worldwide. And that's not all! Most of the oceans have been polluted (by plastic, oil, garbage and others) and more than 85% of the world's wetlands have already disappeared. The destruction of ecosystems has led to one million species (500,000 animals and plants and 500,000 insects) being threatened with extinction in the coming decades and even centuries. Madagascar is not to be outdone. In July 2020, the IUCN announced that 31% of all Madagascar's lemur species are critically endangered now, when a 2019 WWF scientific report already showed that 53% of Madagascar's terrestrial protected areas are highly vulnerable to climate change. The main reason is the loss of habitats due to deforestation.
The way we produce and consume food and energy, as well as the blatant disregard for the environment embedded in our current economic model, have pushed the planet's ecosystems to their very limits. In Madagascar, deforestation in all its forms has destroyed 254,000 hectares of forests in 2019 according to the Global Forest Watch. Covid-19 is a clear manifestation of our broken relationship with nature. It highlights the profound interconnection between the health of people and the health of the planet. We have 8 billion reasons to respond to nature's SOS. Not only to preserve the incredible biodiversity that we love and with which we have a moral duty to coexist, but also because ignoring it puts the future of nearly 8 billion people at stake.