Wildtierpopulationen sind um zwei Drittel gefallen infographic
Grafik zeigt den Rückgang der globalen Wildtierwelt und den Living Planet Index nach Regionen.


Globale Wildtierpopulationen im freien Fall

By Jordi Bou

September 10, 2020 - Wildtierpopulationen sind um über zwei Drittel in den letzten 50 Jahren zurückgegangen, die so wichtigen Lebenserhaltungssysteme unserer Welt werden von Menschen an den Rand gedrängt, berichtet die Naturschutzorganisation WWF.

On average, global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles plunged by 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to the WWF and Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s biennial Living Planet Report 2020.

The analysis tracked global data on 20,811 populations of 4,392 vertebrate species monitored by conservation scientists in habitats across the world.

Latin America and the Caribbean recorded the most alarming drop, with an average fall of 94% in vertebrate wildlife populations.

Africa and the Asia Pacific region have also experienced large falls in the abundance of species, dropping 65% and 45% respectively

The decline was clear evidence of the damage human activity is doing to the natural world, said Dr Andrew Terry, ZSL director.

Scientists say the rapid pace of deforestation is also a major factor in the spread of zoonotic diseases – which are passed from animals to humans – including the new coronavirus.

PUBLISHED: 11/09/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press