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Date:10/26/2010

nities and traditional people to conserve biodiversity in places where people use the land for their support", said Professor Thomas Lacher, Jr., at Texas A&M University, and an author on the paper. "We cannnot afford piecemeal approaches."

"This paper is proof that conservation is working. Now we have to scale-up our efforts to match the unprecedented threats faced by the natural world," said Professor Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes at the Zoological Society of London and an author on the paper.

"While the outlook for many species is still grim, this report is a testament to the real and valuable impact conservation work can have" said Harriet Nimmo, Chief Executive of Wildscreen, who are working with IUCN to help raise the public profile of the world's threatened species. "We need to urgently address our disconnection from the natural world, and will only succeed in rescuing species from the brink of extinction, if we successfully communicate their plight, significance, value and importance."

Editors notes

The study involved some 174 authors from 115 institutions and 38 countries. It was made possible by the voluntary contributions of more than 3,000 scientists under the auspices of IUCN's Species Survival Commission, and a growing partnership of organizations, including BirdLife International, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Conservation International, NatureServe, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Sapienza Universit di Roma, Texas A&M University, Wildscreen, and the Zoological Society of London.

For information about more species on the IUCN Red List please visit www.iucnredlist.org

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Nicki Chadwick, IUCN Media Relations Officer, m +41 79 528 3486, +81 80 3462 3552 , e nicki.chadwick@iucn.org

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