The species prism in a nutshell

1. Species are in trouble

In 2013, the IUCN lists 20,930 species as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. That number was 10,533 back in 1996/98.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/about/summary-statistics#Tables_1_2

2. We don’t spend enough to save species

A recent analysis in the journal Science of what it would cost to reduce the extinction risk of all threatened species came up with a figure of US$4.76 billion each year, an order of magnitude more than current conservation funding.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6109/946

3. The change in status is one way of comparing investment options

An EDG analysis on bird conservation in Australia demonstrated that an annual budget of $10 million (that’s an average of $37,000 per bird species of conservation concern) can be expected to reduce the number of threatened species in 80 years time by approximately 15% while limiting the number of extinct species to one. It should be noted that this level of spending is approximately three times what is being spent at the moment.

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