Update of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

As per an update of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the destruction of wetlands is causing the decline of dragonflies across the world.

Highlights

  • Number of species at risk of extinction in the Red List of IUCN has exceeded 40,000 for the first time.
  • Their decline is due to widespread loss of swamps, marshes, and free-flowing rivers where they breed in.
  • Decline is mostly driven by expansion of unsustainable agriculture and urbanisation worldwide.

Number of species at risk

The number of species at risk of extinction on the IUCN Red List has exceeded 40,000 for the first time. It now includes 142,577 species, out of which 40,084 are threatened with extinction.

About IUCN red list

IUCN red list stands for ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’ Red List of Threatened Species. It was founded in 1964. This list is the most comprehensive inventory of conservation status of biological species of the world. It uses a set of precise criteria for evaluating the extinction risk of species and subspecies. These criteria are relevant to all species and all the regions worldwide. List is recognized as the most authoritative guide, because of its scientific base.

Aim of the IUCN Red List

IUCN red list is maintained with the aim of conveying the urgency of conservation issues to the public as well as policy makers. It seeks to help the international community for reducing species extinction. Primary goal of the Red List is to provide scientific information on the status of species and subspecies at international level.

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