Of the 79,837 species assessed on The IUCN Red List, more than 23,250 are threatened with extinction, including, for example, 63% of cycads, 41% of amphibians, 25% of mammals and 13% of birds.
These results demonstrate the magnitude of the extinction crisis. However, more optimistically they also act as a ‘wake-up call’ to society. They are the spark that lights the flame of conservation action.
Conservation based on sound knowledge has helped prevent extinction and improve population levels amongst species such as the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana; Humpback Whale and Arabian Oryx.
Successful intervention includes species recovery programmes, establishment of protected areas, restoration of ecosystems; control of invasive species; reintroductions; ex-situ conservation measures and effective management programs.
IUCN with partners is supporting on the ground conservation with two funding mechanisms
The IUCN Species Survival Commission is working on another major initiative:
- Amphibian Survival Alliance – addressing the global amphibian crisis
Despite the positive achievements, conservation action needs to be increased in order to reduce biodiversity loss.