48 species saved from extinction
Positive.News – Conservation efforts have prevented the global extinction of between 28 and 48 bird and mammal species since 1993, a study led by Newcastle University, UK and BirdLife International has found.
In the same time period, 10 bird and five mammal species did go extinct (or are strongly suspected to have). Extinction rates would have been up to 4.2 times greater without any conservation action, researchers say.
They found that, while policy commitments have fostered significant conservation achievements, future biodiversity action needs to be markedly scaled up to avert additional extinctions.