UN report reveals that nearly half of the world’s migratory species are in decline

A recent report has revealed that almost half of the world’s migratory species are experiencing a decline in population. This includes birds, sea turtles, whales, sharks, and other migratory animals that are at risk of extinction due to various factors such as habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution, and climate change.

Kelly Malsch, the lead author of the new United Nations report, emphasized the importance of stopover sites for migratory species. Migration is a crucial aspect of the survival of some species, and endangering 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 vital as one country alone cannot save any of these species.

At the meeting, eight South American governments are planning to propose adding two species of declining Amazon catfish to the list of migratory species of concern. The Amazon River basin is the largest freshwater system in the world, and protecting it is essential for the survival of these catfish.

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 commitment is a step towards ensuring that migratory species continue to thrive and contribute to our planet’s biodiversity.

By Editor

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