Strategy for halting and reversing biodiversity loss revealed

10th September 2020

A team of world-leading scientists have identified the 6 key actions needed to bend the curve of terrestrial biodiversity loss caused by land use change.

In a study published today in Nature, ground-breaking modelling and newly developed scenarios show that it could be possible by 2050 to halt and reverse terrestrial biodiversity loss caused by land use change.

Bending The Curve Pr

This requires an ambitious, integrated strategy combining the following conservation action and changes to food systems, alongside wider sustainability efforts including on climate change:

  • Sustainable increases in crop yields.
  • Trade increases in agricultural goods with reduced trade barriers.
  • Reducing the waste of agricultural goods from field to fork by 50%.
  • Cutting the share of animal calories in human diets by 50%[1].
  • Increasing Protected Area extent to 40% terrestrial coverage, covering important sites for biodiversity and with improved management.
  • Increasing restoration (reaching about 8% of terrestrial areas by 2050) and landscape-level conservation planning that balances production and conservation objectives on all managed land.

The full version of this article can be found on UNEP WCMC’s website here.