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The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World's Vertebrates


Hoffmann, M and Hilton-Taylor, C and Angulo, A and Boehm, M and Brooks, TM and Butchart, SHM and Carpenter, KE and Chanson, J and Collen, B and Cox, NA and Darwall, WRT and Dulvy, NK and Harrison, LR and Katariya, V and Pollock, CM and Quader, S and Richman, NI and Rodrigues, ASL and Tognelli, MFT and Vie, JC and Aguiar, JM and Allen, DJ and Allen, GR and Amori, G and Ananjeva, NB and Andreone, F and Andrew, P and Ortiz, ALA and Baillie, JEM and Baldi, R and Bell, BD and Biju, SD and Bird, JP and Black-Decima, P and Blanc, JJ and Bolanos, F and Bolivar-G, W and Burfield, IJ and Burton, JA and Capper, DR and Castro, F and Catullo, G and Cavanagh, RD and Channing, A and Chao, NL and Chenery, AM and Chiozza, F and Clausnitzer, V and Collar, NJ and Collett, LC and Collette, BB and Cortez Fernandez, CFC and Craig, MT and Crosby, MJ and Cumberlidge, N and Cuttelod, A and Derocher, AE and Diesmos, AC and Donaldson, JS and Duckworth, JW and Dutson, G and Dutta, SK and Emslie, RH and Farjon, A and Fowler, S and Freyhof, J and Garshelis, DL and Gerlach, J and Gower, DJ and Grant, TD and Hammerson, GA and Harris, RB and Heaney, LR and Hedges, SB and Hero, JM and Hughes, B and Hussain, SA and Icochea-M, J and Inger, RF and Ishii, N and Iskandar, DT and Jenkins, RKB and Kaneko, Y and Kottelat, M and Kovacs, KM and Kuzmin, SL and Marca, EL and Lamoreux, JF and Lau, MWN and Lavilla, EO and Leus, K and Lewison, RL and Lichtenstein, G and Livingstone, SR and Lukoschek, V and Mallon, DP and McGowan, PJK and McIvor, A and Moehlman, PD and Molur, S and Alonso, AM and Musick, JA and Nowell, K and Nussbaum, RA and Olech, W and Orlov, NL and Papenfuss, TJ and Parra-Olea, G and Perrin, WF and Polidoro, BA and Pourkazemi, M and Racey, PA and Ragle, JS and Ram, M and Rathbun, G and Reynolds, RP and Rhodin, AGJ and Richards, SJ and Rodriguez, LO and Ron, SR and Rondinini, C and Rylands, AB and Sadovy de Mitcheson, Y and Sanciangco, JC and Sanders, KL and Santos-Barrera, G and Schipper, J and Self-Sullivan, C and Shi, Y and Shoemaker, A and Short, FT and Sillero-Zubiri, C and Silvano, DL and Smith, KG and Smith, AT and Snoeks, J and Stattersfield, AJ and Symes, AJ and Taber, AB and Talukdar, BK and Temple, HJ and Timmins, R and Tobias, JA and Tsytsulina, K and Tweddle, D and Ubeda, C and Valenti, SV and van Dijk, PP and Veiga, LM and Veloso, A and Wege, DC and Wilkinson, M and Williamson, EA and Xie, F and Young, BE and Akcakaya, HR and Bennun, L and Blackburn, TM and Boitani, L and Dublin, HT and da Fonseca, GAB and Gascon, C and Lacher Jr, TE and Mace, GM and Mainka, SA and McNeely, JA and Mittermeier, RA and Reid, GM and Rodriguez, JP and Rosenberg, AA and Samways, MJ and Smart, J and Stein, BA and Stuart, SN, The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World's Vertebrates, Science, 330, (6010) pp. 1503-1509. ISSN 0036-8075 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1126/science.1194442


Using data for 25,780 species categorized on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, we present an assessment of the status of the world’s vertebrates. One-fifth of species are classified as Threatened, and we show that this figure is increasing: On average, 52 species of mammals, birds, and amphibians move one category closer to extinction each year. However, this overall pattern conceals the impact of conservation successes, and we show that the rate of deterioration would have been at least one-fifth again as much in the absence of these. Nonetheless, current conservation efforts remain insufficient to offset the main drivers of biodiversity loss in these groups: agricultural expansion, logging, overexploitation, and invasive alien species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brooks, TM (Dr Thomas Brooks)
ID Code:70274
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:936
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2011-06-14
Last Modified:2012-07-04

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