A new report published on Monday has shed light on the alarming decline of migratory species around the world. Nearly half of these animals are at risk of extinction due to factors such as habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution, and climate change. The lead author of the report, Kelly Malsch, emphasized the importance of stopovers for migratory species.
Migration is a crucial element in the survival of some species, and endangering this process can lead to their extinction. The report relied on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
At a UN meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, participants will discuss proposals for conservation measures and consider adding new species to the lists of interest. These decisions are critical because one country alone cannot save any of these species.
Among the proposals being made at the meeting is for two South American governments to add two species of Amazon catfish that are declining to the list of migratory species of concern. Since the Amazon River basin is the largest freshwater system in the world, its protection is vital 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 UN Conference on Biodiversity in Montreal, Canada. This commitment is essential if we are to preserve these migratory species and ensure their continued survival for future generations.