At the end of a tumultuous decade for biodiversity, in which a report based on the most comprehensive study of life on Earth warned that “nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history”, we spoke to some of the world’s leading voices on the environment about their greatest fears for the next decade – and also their hopes. As the IPBES report’s authors noted: “It is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global.”

We asked three questions:

1. What habitat or species are you most concerned about?

2. What is the biggest missed opportunity of the last 10 years?

3. What conservation work are you most excited about in the coming decade?

Ana María Hernández

Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

1. The species I am most directly worried about is our own! Humanity has reached a point that has enabled us to inflict large-scale and lasting damage on our natural world – destroying ecosystems, driving species extinctions and even changing our global weather patterns. Food security, energy, health and livelihoods all depend on nature’s contribution to people.

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