TWO THIRDS OF THE WILD ANIMALS HAVE DISAPPEARED IN LESS THAN 50 YEARS
Between 1970 and 2016, 68% of these wildlife disappeared, according to the Living Planet Index, a benchmark tool published every two years by the WWF. The main cause is the destruction of natural habitats, in particular for agriculture, a trend that risks driving new COVID-19 pandemics by bringing humans and animals into contact, leading to the transmission of viruses. from kind to kind.
This index, prepared in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, takes into account approximately 4,000 vertebrate species, spread over approximately 21,000 animal populations around the world. It registered a new acceleration in the decline of biodiversity, which was 60% at the time of the last reporting in 2018 (period 1970/2014).
“For 30 years we have seen the fall accelerate and it continues in the wrong direction,” summarizes AFP Marco Lambertini, WWF World Director. “We are witnessing the destruction of nature by humanity.