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Species and Extinctions

Aichi Biodiversity Target Twelve – Species and Extinctions – focuses on preventing the extinction of species. It states: By 2020, the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained. 

Human pressure is causing the current rate of species extinction to be more than 100 times the known background extinction rate. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (hyperlink: http://www.iucnredlist.org) contains a list of more than 19,000 species that are threatened globally, including in the categories of vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. Of these, more than 3,900 species are critically endangered. Countries may also have their own lists of additional threatened species. Preventing extinctions will require concerted efforts to reduce threats to threatened species, and to ensure adequate habitat protection. For wide-ranging species, preventing extinctions may also require coordination across boundaries with other countries and regions. In order to achieve Aichi Target 12, countries will need to identify species at risk of extinction; assess the status and distribution of these species; and, identify key threats and levels of protection for prioritized species. They will also need to undertake key actions, including developing species recovery plans, reducing threats to key species, and improving the protection status of the habitats of key species. 

Target 12 indicators may include status and trends in:

  • Abundance, distribution and extinction risk of species threatened with extinction
  • Protection of species threatened with extinction

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Importance of Dugong Profile in understanding its Conservation along Tanzania Coast
by Heena Ahmed » 1 August, 2016 - 07:38
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by Anonymous (not verified)
30 June, 2018 - 01:45
Webinar - Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites: A Tool for Achieving ABT. Resources List, Recording and Presentation
by Diego Ochoa » 30 March, 2016 - 12:26
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by Heena Ahmed
14 February, 2018 - 21:01
Engaging communities to combat illegal wildlife trade: A Theory of Change
by Heena Ahmed » 30 March, 2016 - 03:57
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by Anonymous (not verified)
11 July, 2018 - 06:41
How to search AZE Sites In A Specific Country
by Heena Ahmed » 29 March, 2016 - 11:01
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by Anonymous (not verified)
16 July, 2018 - 09:46
Interactive Map: 'Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update. www.zeroextinction.org'
by Heena Ahmed » 29 March, 2016 - 10:55
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by Anonymous (not verified)
16 July, 2018 - 09:46
CBD Press Release 2010: Alliance for Zero Extinction and the Convention on Biological Diversity Join Forces
by Heena Ahmed » 29 March, 2016 - 10:43
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by Anonymous (not verified)
11 July, 2018 - 06:29
Presentation on Area-based NBSAP Target Setting: Alliance for Zero Extinction as a Case Study
by Heena Ahmed » 29 March, 2016 - 10:39
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by Anonymous (not verified)
28 June, 2018 - 23:13
Alliance for Zero Extinctions: Guidance for National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans
by Heena Ahmed » 29 March, 2016 - 10:34
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by Anonymous (not verified)
11 July, 2018 - 06:30
The State of the Birds (US)
by Christina Supples » 14 January, 2016 - 20:46
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by Anonymous (not verified)
28 June, 2018 - 04:32
Conservation Status of Birds in Spain 2010
by Christina Supples » 14 January, 2016 - 20:45
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by Anonymous (not verified)
28 June, 2018 - 04:32
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