A recent report produced by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) highlights the importance of ecological connectivity and corridors, and the threats they face from human and resource development. According to the authors, “mean species abundance” will decrease from 0.70 in 2000 to 0.63 by 2050. The United Nations Environment Programme states this decrease would be equivalent to losing all biodiversity in an area the size of the United States.
The authors stress the need for international cooperation to help effectively manage large transboundary networks for migratory species worldwide. Currently, some of the world’s largest countries are not participating in CMS, making conservation challenges difficult or ineffective.
For more information or a copy of this report, please visit http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2659&ArticleID=8952&l=en.
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