WWF Living Planet Report 2018

The latest WWF global report confirms what most field biologists have been seeing locally but which must be urgently brought to the attention of the public, and our environmental policy makers: dramatic declines in global biodiversity, mostly through overexploitation and agriculture.

Access the Summary and full Report here

Acesse o Resumo (em português) e Relatório completo (em inglês) aqui

Freshwater habitats have suffered the greatest decline in biodiversity, 81% between 1970 and 2012, mostly through habitat loss and degradation, as well as overexploitation. Amongst the vertebrates, freshwater fish have the highest rate of extinction.

Freshwater habitat conservation is beneficial to all, helping maintain water supplies, ecosystem function and biodiversity, as well as protecting against flooding, with benefits for sustainable fisheries, forestry and agriculture, water quality, public health, education, recreation and tourism.

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The Gurupi river, on the border between the states of Pará and Maranhão, northern Brazil, in December 2014. Gold prospecting, using highly toxic mercury, has been carried out here and in many other parts of the Amazon basin.

 

 

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