The Iberian Lynx is still around thanks to the hard work of conservationists © Nathan Ranc In a news cycle full of doom and despair, it’s extremely uplifting to see proof that the hard work of conservationists has a tangible impact. Knowing how and when conservation succeeds is the roadmap we so desperately need to guide us through the coming years. This month, a study led by Newcastle University and BirdLife International estimates the number of bird and mammal species that would have disappeared forever without conservation action in recent decades. The international team calculated that 21-32 bird and 7-16 mammal species’ extinctions have been prevented since 1993, the year the UN Convention on Biodiversity came into force. The wide ranges reflect the uncertainty that comes with gauging what might have happened under different circumstances. Nonetheless, even the minimum – 28 bird and mammal species – is remarkably encouraging news, showing that extinction rates in these groups would have been around 3-4 times greater with no intervention. The BirdLife partnership is proud to have been involved in conservation efforts for more than half of these bird species: ten through direct involvement in species management, and six through indirect routes […]

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