The Living Planet Report 2018: current trends and future targets for biodiversity

The 2018 Living Planet Report will present the latest science-based analysis of the current state and trends of changing global vertebrate biodiversity. The Living Planet Report 2016 showed that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012, and projected that we could witness a two-thirds decline in these populations from 1970 to 2020. Not only is 2020 fast approaching but it is also the deadline for the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set out in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. This event will open a discussion about what the next steps should be at this pivotal time for wildlife conservation. We have the tools and data to make informed decisions. Conservation scientists can now model the future impact of actions to mitigate threats to biodiversity (e.g. changes in land use) and predict their effect on the trajectory of biodiversity indicators, such as the Living Planet Index (LPI). The next 2 years offer an opportunity to define the scientific agenda and set targets to tackle the current pressures on our planet. Having identified the many threats to wildlife, what direction should conservation science take to reduce the rate of biodiversity decline?

The event follows ZSL’s Annual General Meeting, which is open to ZSL Fellows to attend.


Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map
  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6.30pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.
  • The ZSL Library will be open throughout the day with a display of art works from ZSL's collections depicting endangered and extinct animals 'Art of the lost and rare'.  Please contact for further information


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