In a context of the erosion of biodiversity more than gloomy, at such a level that everyone can feel completely discouraged, the good news goes more and more unnoticed. Why would you do that? Big question… One thing is for sure is that this one that concerns birds is worth being known!
The victories in animal protection are not particularly numerous even if there are… And to see the glass half full here is one that we think is important: bird conservation programs work well! And the most endangered species benefit fully.
The extinction rate of critically endangered birds has decreased by 40%.
Species conservation efforts are still difficult to quantify, but it is now easier to quantify thanks to the work of several researchers, including Birdlife International’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Stuart Butchart.
They have developed a study method that allows us to better understand our impact on safeguarding avifauna by taking indicators of “status” protection and their evolution over the last three decades.
As a result, they realized that the status of 40% of the birds on which conservation efforts have been made has improved and it is not a straw! And we must still see this figure as being a minimum because the status of the species that have stagnated has not been taken into account.
Bird Conservation Programs – An Emergency Strategy
However, these figures, while indeed positive, indicate success in conserving species in great difficulty, as most of the focus is on them.
But the best way to save species is to prevent them from reaching the brink of extinction! And that’s where the problem lies because at the moment we only manage to work on the most endangered species.
About 187 of the world’s 11,147 bird species are estimated to have disappeared over the past 500 years. But if a more comprehensive and effective strategy for saving birds in general (whether endangered or not yet) is not implemented quickly, three times as many species could disappear over the next 500 years.
The IUCN Red List, which establishes species conservation status globally, is all the more important because, while it was used in this study, it serves many others.
Knowledge of species protection and conservation models is one thing, but knowing the real impact on a global scale can allow us to reach more and more quickly and more effectively to limit biodiversity erosion.
But the exploitation of such data and the development of strategies on the ground to change the situation cannot be done without a concrete commitment from states, all over the world, to develop models of action that are up to the challenge: our survival.