IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species illustrates the efforts undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners to expand the number and diversity of species assessed, improving the quality of information in order to obtain a better picture of the state of biodiversity.

With now more than 61,900 species reviewed, another big step forward has been made toward developing the IUCN Red List into a true ‘Barometer of Life,’ as called for by leading experts in the magazine Science in 2010.

The IUCN Red List is set upon precise criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies. These criteria are relevant to all species and all regions of the world. The aim is to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public and policy makers, as well as help the international community to try to reduce species extinction.

Among the animals most at risk there are rhinoceros species,  the white rhino of central Africa and the Javan rhinoceros, the fate of which is emblematic of the reasons for these disappearances. It is in fact animals that inhabit areas where there is political support for their preservation is essential to combat poachingand protect their habitats.

Just as the IUCN red list of the newbranched, the organization of protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, Survival International, recalled that indigenous peoples are vital to preserve the forests in the world, highlighting, once again, that the fate of men and animals areclosely related. It was a study of a body part is not sure how theWorld Bank to collect data according to which, if indigenous peoples are not expelled from protected areas, deforestationdown to minimum levels.

 

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