Intense human activities across the world are pushing natural habitats and ecosystems to a point of no return in biodiversity decline and loss. Intensive and unsustainable land usage, deforestation, overfishing, and soil, freshwater and marine pollution are triggering unprecedented changes in our planet and intensifying species extinction events.
It is estimated that more than three quarters of the land-based environment and about 66% of the marine environment have been significantly altered by human actions, and more than a third of the world’s land surface and nearly 75% of freshwater resources are now devoted to crop or livestock production
While protected areas now cover 15% of terrestrial and freshwater environments and 7% of the marine realm, they only partly cover important sites for biodiversity and are not yet fully ecologically representative and effectively or equitably managed
We urgently need to preserve the few pristine habitats left on Earth, protecting those at risk of further exploitation, and restoring and regenerating the ecosystems already depleted to avoid the irreversible collapse of their diversity; all while sustaining the needs of an increasing global population.
Below you can see case studies of ways the Conservation Collective is working to tackle these issues.