By Rachel Martin, Extinction Solutions Index and Research Manager, Conservation X Labs

Today we celebrate World Nature Conservation Day, a day to raise awareness of the need to preserve nature and take urgent action to address conservation challenges. Our planet is headed towards a period of extraordinary change: a sixth mass extinction. Drivers of biodiversity loss such as climate change and invasive species, which directly impact biodiversity and ecosystems, have worsened. Existing approaches have led to many successful conservation initiatives but have been unable to reverse biodiversity loss trends.