Ecological footprint: Since 1970 we lost 50% of our wild animals
Since 1970, the number of wild animals halved worldwide according to the Living Planet Report 2014 by the World Wildlife Fund. Especially freshwater animals are in big trouble. The main causes of the decline are habitat destruction, hunting, poaching and overfishing. Especially in Latin America and South East Asia, the biodiversity is bad.
The WWF has observed some bright spots. Thus, the loss of biodiversity in proteected areas was limited to 18 percent. Furthermore, the number of tigers in Nepal increased due to anti-poaching measures by 63 percent, to 200 animals.
Two years ago, the decrease in the number of wild animals was still set at 32 percent. However, these percentages can not be compared with each other,” said WWF Dutch Director Van der Gronden. “We have improved our methodes over the past years.”
In the biennial report WWF describes the state of the earth. For this, the organization relies on scientific publications and surveys in the field of biodiversity.
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