A new report released on Monday has revealed that almost half of the world’s migratory species are at risk of extinction. The decline in population is due to various factors such as habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution, and climate change.
Lead author Kelly Malsch of the United Nations report emphasized the importance of stopover sites for migratory species. Migration is a crucial element of the survival of some species, and endangering this process could lead to their extinction. The report used data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
The United Nations will review proposals for conservation measures and consider adding new species to the lists of concern at a meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. These decisions are essential as no single country can save any of these species alone.
At the meeting, eight South American governments plan to propose adding two declining Amazon catfish species to the list of migratory species of concern. Protecting the Amazon River basin, which is the largest freshwater system in the world, is vital for their survival.
In 2022, governments pledged to protect 30% of the planet’s land and water resources for conservation at the U.N. Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Canada.