Almost half of the world’s migratory species are declining in population, putting them at risk of extinction. This was revealed in a report released Monday, which highlighted the importance of stopover sites for migratory animals. Birds, sea turtles, whales, sharks and other migratory animals are all endangered due to reasons such as habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution, and climate change.
The lead author of the new United Nations report, Kelly Malsch, emphasized the importance of protecting these species and their migration patterns. The report relied on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
At a U.N. meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, participants will review proposals for conservation measures and consider adding new species to the lists of concern. These decisions are crucial as one country alone cannot save any of these species.
During 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. Protecting the Amazon River basin is essential for their survival since it is the largest freshwater system in the world.
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. It is hoped that this commitment will help prevent further decline in migratory species populations and ensure their survival for future generations.