Living Planet Report 2022: building a nature-positive society
The Living Planet Report 2022, produced by the WWF in collaboration with ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Zoology Institute, summarizes the current situation of nature. The connection between the biodiversity and climate crises, their socio-environmental impacts and building a positive, equitable, and sustainable future, are key themes of the document.
A significant average decline in the relative abundance of wildlife populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish monitored between 1970 and 2018 was found: a reduction of 69%. The biggest losses are in tropical regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, reaching a drop of 94%, while freshwater fish represent the group of species with the greatest reduction – around 83%.
These indicators help to understand changes in nature over time and which species are most threatened, drawing attention to the urgency of taking action to reverse the degrading condition of biodiversity. Seeking to envision the best way to deal with this situation, different climate and development scenarios were developed to support more efficient decision-making towards building a nature-positive society.
IIS researchers collaborated with the third chapter of the report. Their contributions can be found in the following articles:
- “THE ROOTS OF AN INTERTWINED CRISIS” (page 64);
- “THE NEED FOR A RAPID SYSTEM-WIDE TRANSFORMATION” (page 70);
- “TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE NEEDS DELIBERATE ACTION ON DRIVERS” (page 72);
- “TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE NEEDS TO PLACE PEOPLE AND NATURE AT ITS HEART” (page 78);
- “Future modelling frontiers 2: better modelling of climate and land-use impacts on biodiversity” (page 83) and
- “Future modelling frontiers 4: modelling biodiversity targets at regional and global scales” (page 95).