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Alarm as wildlife population declines by 68% since 1978

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In less than 50 years, the population of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians have reduced by two-thirds, an outcome occasioned by environmental destruction.

This is according to a report released recently by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020.

The Living Planet report shows that between 1970 and 2016, there was a 68% decline in the population of birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016.

Mohamed Awer, WWF-Kenya CEO held that the destruction of nature has far-reaching effects on the things that support a human being’s existence.

“When we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the very system that supports our lives,” he told the Star adding “The urgency to bend the curve of biodiversity loss has never been greater. We need to take coordinated action, reduce our footprint on the planet and ultimately hand over the earth to future generations in a better state. A call for all – governments, businesses and citizens.”

Of the factors cited by the report as those contributing to environmental destruction include the change of land use and trade of wildlife.

Human activities have greatly impacted nature’s degradation thereby affecting 84% of wildlife found in freshwater habitats.

Besides the negative impact on wildlife, human activities that destroy nature have also affected human health in more than one way.

The report recommends that immediate resuscitation and conservation efforts to cushion degradation and habitat loss by promoting global biodiversity accepted practices.

The Living Planet report comes a few weeks just before the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Leaders from different divides review the progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which are all crucial in avoiding further decline of wildlife.

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