Extinction risk

Extinction risk reduces 40% with sustainable farming and forestry


Extinction risk reduces 40% with sustainable farming and forestry. Sustainable timber and crop production will address some of the biggest drivers of wildlife decline. This finding comes from STAR, a new tool. STAR allows companies, governments and civil society to accurately measure their progress in stemming global species loss.

Ensuring sustainability of crop and timber production will mitigate the greatest drivers of terrestrial wildlife decline. This alone is responsible for 40% of the overall extinction risk of amphibians, birds and mammals. This was published in a paper today in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

The results about reducing extinction risk were generated using a new metric. This metric allows business, governments and civil society to assess their potential contributions to stemming global species loss. It can als be used to calculate national, regional, sector-based, or institution-specific targets. The work was led by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Post-2020 Taskforce. It was hosted by Newcastle University (UK), in collaboration with scientists from BirdLife and 53 other institutions in 21 countries around the world.

The full article was published by Birdlife on April 8, 2021.