Conservative estimates suggest that the planet could be losing at up to 2,000 species a year. DW looks at efforts to protect endangered plants and animals and examines what challenges lie ahead for preserving ecosystems.
The UN General Assembly has declared 2011 to 2020 as the Decade on Biodiversity. The initiative serves to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the UN's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, with the goal of significantly reducing biodiversity loss worldwide.
Still, habitat destruction, trade in animal parts and climate change are all to blame for ongoing biodiversity loss around the world. Estimates on yearly and even daily species loss vary worldwide significantly, but the figures clearly don't paint a positive picture.
DW finds out more about efforts to save the planet's threatened species and their habitats.