Hoffmann M, Hilton-Taylor C, Angulo A, Böhm M, Brooks TM, Butchart SHM, Carpenter KE, Chanson JS, Collen B, Cox NA, Darwall WRT, Dulvy NK, Harrison LR, Katariya V, Pollock CM, Quader S, Richman NI, Rodrigues ASL, Tognelli MF, Vie J & Williamson EA (2010) The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World's Vertebrates. Science, 330 (6010), pp. 1503-1509. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1194442
Using data for 25,780 species categorized on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, we present an assessment of the status of the world’s vertebrates. One-fifth of species are classified as Threatened, and we show that this figure is increasing: On average, 52 species of mammals, birds, and amphibians move one category closer to extinction each year. However, this overall pattern conceals the impact of conservation successes, and we show that the rate of deterioration would have been at least one-fifth again as much in the absence of these. Nonetheless, current conservation efforts remain insufficient to offset the main drivers of biodiversity loss in these groups: agricultural expansion, logging, overexploitation, and invasive alien species.
; Vertebrates; Animal life cycles
Science: Volume 330, Issue 6010
|Publication date online||26/10/2010|
|Date accepted by journal||01/01/1990|
|Publisher||American Association for the Advancement of Science|