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Date:10/26/2010

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"This landmark analysis proves that, when guided by detailed data and supported by adequate financing, conservation of threatened species and their habitats works", said Mary Klein, President and CEO of Natureserve, "We know what can and must be done to safeguard biodiversity we just need to do much more of it."

"A recent study on plants coordinated by Kew and involving several IUCN partners (http://www.kew.org/news/one-fifth-of-plants-under-threat-of-extinction.htm), suggested that just over one-fifth of all plant species are threatened, that most threatened plant species are found in the tropics and that the most threatening process is man-induced habitat loss", said Professor Stephen Hopper, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. "Conifers, with a world-wide presence in virtually all types of forest, face extinction for at least 29% of species. Many are 'keystone' species, without which their ecosystem could collapse, taking other species with them to extinction. Unsustainable logging and deforestation are the main causes. Clearly it is important to continue and increase conservation actions across the globe."

"The conservation of biodiversity is a daunting challenge that requires a robust base of scientific information and theoretical framework. The Red List Partnership, of which our University is member, is a unique combination of centres of excellence sharing the responsibility of advancing the science of biodiversity assessment and maintaining updated information on the trends of biodiversity status", said Dr Luigi Boitani of Sapienza University of Rome, and an author on the study. "Expanding the coverage of species and monitoring their status through time is a responsibility we cannot postpone anymore."

"The results of this study suggest that we must adopt a broader and more comprehensive approach to conservation, one that includes not only protected areas but also better strategies to work with rural commu
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Contact: Lynne Labanne
lynne.labanne@iucn.org
IUCN
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