Living Planet Report

Living Planet Report

The results of the global Living Panet Index (LPI) are published biennially in WWF's Living Planet Report (LPR), a leading science-based publication on the state of the planet and associated challenges and solutions.

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WWF’s LPR is produced in collaboration with ZSL and a number of other organisations, measuring human pressures and impacts on the planet.

Each chapter in the LPR presents a different topic, including why biodiversity matters, threats and pressures on the natural world and how they are impacting biodiversity, and how ambitious, integrated action can help bend the curve of biodiversity loss.

ZSL contributes to many of the chapters in the LPR and it is here that we publish the latest results from the LPI. We present the global LPI to indicate the current state of biodiversity on the planet and divide this index into different regions of the world following the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

We highlight trends in reptiles, freshwater systems, forest species and grassland butterflies. We also write about our latest research on the effect of land-use change and climate warming on bird and mammal abundance, and the use of scenario modelling to show how changes to production and consumption and increased conservation action can bend the curve of biodiversity loss.

Read the 2020 report


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