A report released Monday sheds light on the concerning issue of declining migratory species populations. The study, led by Kelly Malsch, reveals that almost half of the world’s migratory animals are at risk of extinction due to various factors such as habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution, and climate change.
The importance of stopover sites for migratory species was highlighted by Malsch, who emphasized their role in ensuring the survival of these species. Migration is a critical element in the existence of many species, and any threat to this process could lead to their extinction. The report relied on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
The United Nations meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, will review proposals for conservation measures and consider adding new species to the lists of concern. These decisions are crucial as one country alone cannot save any of these species.
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 globally, 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. This pledge highlights the global effort required to protect migratory species and ensure their survival for future generations.