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LIVING PLANET REPORT 2020

WHAT IS THE LIVING PLANET REPORT?

The Living Planet Report, WWF’s flagship publication released every two years, is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet.

The Living Planet Report 2020 is the 13th edition of the report and provides the scientific evidence to back what nature has been demonstrating repeatedly: unsustainable human activity is pushing the planet’s natural systems that support life on Earth to the edge.

Through multiple indicators including the Living Planet Index (LPI), provided by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), it shows an average 68% fall in almost 21,000 wildlife populations between 1970 and 2016. In Europe, this figure stands at 24%.

The report calls on world leaders to come together to build a more sustainable, resilient and healthy post Covid-19 world for people and nature.

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WHAT CAN THE EU DO?

The EU has the opportunity to revive its global leadership on climate change and nature conservation, by taking decisive actions at home and driving a new global deal for nature and people.

TAKE ACTION FOR THE PLANET

WWF is calling for a comprehensive framework agreement for nature and people under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which must galvanize action to protect and restore biodiversity.

At EU level, we need:

- Full endorsement and implementation of the EU Biodiversity & Farm to Fork strategies proposed by the European Commission
- Legally binding EU targets to restore nature, 15% of the EU’s land and 15% of sea
- A strong new EU law on deforestation to curb the EU’s global footprint
- Full implementation and enforcement of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and the Water Framework Directive
- A new EU climate law stipulating a 65% emissions reduction target for 2030
- Full implementation of the European Green Deal, driving a genuinely green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis

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OUR WORK IN BRUSSELS

At WWF, we envision a world in which people and nature thrive – but we’ll only get there if we all play a role and we work together.

Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

At EU level, WWF advocates on the EU level for a more sustainable future for people and planet helps shape EU policies that impact on the European and global environment. The EU is responsible for approximately 80% of environmental laws in the member states and for policies such as agriculture, fisheries, regional aid, climate and energy, trade and development cooperation.

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LIVING PLANET REPORT IN BRUSSELS MEDIA

The Living Planet Report has received a lot of media attention, also in the Brussels bubble. You can find media clippings below.