Biodiversity

Strengthening the Building Blocks of Nature

The earth is a gathering place for all kinds of different types of nature. We call this natural variation biodiversity. The more diverse our nature is, the better. Biodiversity is declining in many places, for example, due to agriculture or the decrease of forests. This makes our ecosystem much more vulnerable.

WWF’s main goal is to restore the balance between humans and nature. To do this, we need to turn the decline of biodiversity into growth. We call that Bending the Curve.

Less and Less

Our nature is declining. According to the latest Living Planet Report from 2020, the population size of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles has declined by as much as 68% since 1970. This is mainly due to destruction of their habitat, such as through agriculture or overfishing. But hunting and poaching, infrastructure construction, pollution, and climate change also have an impact.

We are facing in a global emergency! Human activities destabilize the climate and demand more from natural ecosystems than they can handle.

The climate, food, and nature crises are connected. Excessive production and consumption cause more CO2 emissions, threaten the health of people and the environment, and destroy nature.

The Risks are Clear

The cost of intervention is a little effort compared to the cost of doing nothing. More than half of global GDP is heavily or in some way dependent on nature. Doing nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of nature is one of the greatest risks to humanity. Nature-positive solutions can generate a lot of money with opportunities for business and create a massive number of new jobs. We have a one-off, unique opportunity to change course–for people and planet.

We can stabilize our climate again if we start now. Heads of government must make crucial decisions about climate and biodiversity. It is the chance to change our relationship with nature in a way that is beneficial for people and for our natural environment.

We can and must stop the loss of biodiversity. We can turn this downward spiral into nature restoration. We can bend the curve to a nature-positive world. In the Dutch Caribbean we can achieve these three goals that will contribute to more biodiversity.

  • 1

    Sustainable Fisheries

    Double the impact of sustainable fisheries.

  • 2

    Protected Areas

    Protect 30% of the land and sea.

  • 3

    Reducing Plastic Pollution

    No new plastic in nature in 2030.

Male Anole lizard