The United Nations has released a report that warns of the danger facing migratory species around the world. It is estimated that almost half of these animals are at risk of extinction due to factors such as habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution, and climate change.
Kelly Malsch, who led the study, emphasized the importance of stopover sites for migratory species. She explained how migration is a crucial element of survival for many species and that any attempt to disrupt this process could lead to their extinction.
The report relied on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. This information showed just how many species were in decline and why it was important to take immediate action.
At a meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, participants will review proposals for conservation measures and consider adding new species to the lists of concern. These decisions are critical because no one country can save any of these species alone.
One proposal being made at the meeting involves two declining Amazon catfish species. Because the Amazon River basin is the largest freshwater system in the world, protecting it is essential for their survival. This shows how important it is to work together on a global scale to protect these animals and their habitats.
Governments have already pledged to protect 30% of the planet’s land and water resources by 2022 at a conference in Montreal, Canada earlier this year. This commitment is a step in the right direction towards ensuring that migratory species continue to thrive for generations to come.