UN report: Almost 50% of the world’s migratory species are facing decline

Half of the World’s Migratory Species Are in Decline, Report Finds

In a shocking revelation, a new United Nations report has indicated that nearly half of the world’s migratory species are in decline. Migratory animals face numerous threats such as habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution, and climate change. The report revealed that 44% of migratory species worldwide are experiencing population declines. The U.N. monitors over 1,200 species, and more than a fifth of them are at risk of extinction.

The lead author of the report, Kelly Malsch, explained that migratory animals move to different environments to feed and breed and require stopover sites along the way. Habitat loss or other threats anywhere along their journey can lead to dwindling populations. Without migration, many species would not survive and continue to exist.

The report is based on existing data and information from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, which determines whether a species is endangered. In an upcoming U.N. wildlife conference, conservation measures for several new species of concern will be discussed, including two declining Amazon catfish that may be added to the U.N. treaty’s list of migratory species of concern.

Governments from South America are likely to propose adding these two species to the list at the meeting. Protecting habitat is essential in preserving these species, especially in the Amazon River basin, which holds the world’s largest freshwater system. In 2022, governments pledged to conserve 30% of the planet’s land and water resources for conservation at the U.N. Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Susan Lieberman, vice president for international policy at the nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Society, emphasized the need for joint efforts to save these species at the meeting.

In conclusion, this UN report highlights the urgent need for global action to protect migratory animals from extinction due to various threats such as habitat loss and climate change among others.

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