In October 2016 WWF and Zoological Society of London will publish the Living Planet Report 2016, the latest science-based analysis of the environmental state of the planet.
The 2014 Report revealed that global vertebrate populations declined by more than half over 40 years, and the latest findings are due to be released.
The Living Planet Index (LPI) measures thousands of populations to assess the rate of change of global wildlife abundance. For each population, the underlying threats that may contribute to declines are investigated.
This meeting will explore these different threats in detail, including habitat degradation resulting from the pressures of food production and population growth, exploitation through hunting and illegal wildlife trade, the contribution of transport and energy-use to climate change, invasive species, wildlife disease and the impacts industry has on the management of finite resources.
Despite the scale of the challenge, a shift towards sustainable development is vital for human well-being, which depends on natural resources and ecosystem services. This symposium will bring together leading experts to examine the primary drivers of decline with the aim of exploring how individuals, communities and governments can make better choices in order to preserve biodiversity.