PREDICTS: Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems
Using data for conservation, prediction and policy
The PREDICTS project analyses a global database of ecological communities to understand how human activities, such as land use, affect local biodiversity worldwide.
This understanding lets us estimate the global status of local biodiversity now and under different possible future scenarios - predictions that can inform conservation policy.
The shrinking diversity of life
Biodiversity loss is a clear warning sign that we are in a planetary emergency.
- A million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction - and we can even see extinctions happening around us.
- Tropical forest in many parts of the world is being lost as agriculture expands.
- Global vertebrate populations have declined by 60% since 1970.
This biodiversity crisis has arisen because of growing human pressures on ecosystems, including: