The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced on Monday that more than one million species face the threat of extinction. According to its Red List of Threatened Species, over 8,400 species of wild fauna and flora are critically endangered, while nearly 30,000 more are endangered or vulnerable.

“Based on these estimates, it is suggested that over a million species are threatened with extinction,” the UN biodiversity and conservation body said in a statement.

The IUCN also said it will be highlighting the tremendous power of conservation efforts to restore endangered species on the upcoming UN World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2022. The theme for the day is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration.”

“Biodiversity loss is an existential threat to people and the planet,” said CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero. CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is administered by the IUCN.

“It is our hope that World Wildlife Day will help chart a path towards a sustainable future, with the goal of living in harmony with nature,” said Higuero.

“Ultimately, we hope to spur on the needed political will to adopt a robust post-2020 global biodiversity framework and secure our common future.”

From : pk.mashable.com

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