We know how to save biodiversity

According to the latest assessment of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Nagoya, one-fifth of the world’s mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes are threatened with extinction. But the study also provides clear evidence of the positive impact of conservation efforts around the globe: its results show that without conservation action, the status of biodiversity would have declined by nearly 20 percent.

Community members planting a medicinal plant, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh Photo: IUCN Bangladesh

Thomas Brooks, Chief Scientist at NatureServe and a member of the steering committee of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, explains:

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