According to Vié, over 20,000 species are threatened (vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered), and that is just looking at five percent of species diversity. He says the numbers keep increasing.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
Endangered Earth Journal.com has launched Part 1, of a three-part, 4,000 word interview, with Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species, for Endangered Species Day May, 17, 2013.
In the interview, Vié talks about the problems facing threatened species, possible solutions and why he became involved in helping species facing extinction.
Vié says over 20,000 species are threatened (vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered), and that is just looking at five percent of species diversity. He says the numbers keep increasing.
“We know precisely for some groups of species that have been fully studied,” says Vié. “For birds, one species in seven is categorized as threatened. For mammals it is one species in four. And for frogs or corals it is one in three.”
“For mammals and amphibians we are talking about 6,000 species,” he says. “For birds we are talking about 10,000 species. And in some species groups, the number of species within that group which would be categorized as threatened would be over 50 percent.”
“I am really concerned because things are really bad,” says Vié. “In the last years, we have lost even very charismatic species like three sub-species of rhinos; one in Vietnam and two in Africa (Cameroon and DRC). And when you lose a species like a rhino, which is not harmful to anyone, is actually a very peaceful animal that can generate large tourism income, then that’s quite worrying.”
Vié says this should give people an idea how serious the situation is.
Go to Endangered Earth Journal.com for Part 1 of the interview with Jean-Christophe Vié.
About SOS – Save Our Species (SOS):
SOS is a global coalition initiated by the three founding partners the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank, to build the biggest species conservation fund, supporting on-the-ground field conservation projects all over the world.
According to Vié, the goal of SOS is to combine resources and funding experience from the World Bank and GEF, with the authoritative science of IUCN and the resources and ingenuity of the private sector, to create a mechanism that ensures sufficient funding goes to species conservation projects where, and when, it will have the most impact.
About Jean-Christophe Vié:
Vié joined the IUCN Global Species Programme in 2001 as its Deputy Director. He oversees many diverse aspects of the Programme, including regional and global biodiversity assessments and the Red List of Threatened Species, the assessment of climate change impact on biodiversity.
The IUCN inputs to several international agreements and supporting the extraordinary Species Survival Commission (SSC) network where the bulk of expertise about species resides. He also started developing SOS at the end of 2008 and became its Director when the initiative was launched at the end of 2010.
Vié’s involvement with IUCN started more than 20 years ago when he was invited to join the SSC. In early 2000, he joined the IUCN West Africa Regional Office where he was in charge of coordinating all aspects of the IUCN programme in Guinea Bissau including, among others, protected areas design and management, coastal zone management, local fisheries, public awareness, species conservation, capacity building and micro credit.
Vié has extensive field experience in various parts of the world including various parts of Africa, South America, Saudi Arabia and the USA where he spent 15 years overall. He started his career as a wildlife veterinarian with a main interest in primates. He also worked on the reintroduction of Arabian Oryx and subsequently designed projects covering a wide variety of Neotropical species such as marine turtles, manatees, giant otters, black caimans, primates and snakes.
Vié designed, and then directed, a large project aiming at monitoring the impacts of a dam on wildlife in a pristine area of tropical forest. He was also heavily involved in the design and management of protected areas, as well as public awareness campaign.
This led Vié to interact with a variety of stakeholders such as indigenous communities, local governments and administrations, logging companies, hunters, dam builders, fisheries and the private sector in general. He then completed a PhD in ecology and, while keeping a strong interest in species and site based conservation, he moved to more general conservation issues first regionally and then globally.
Parts two and three of the interview with Jean-Christophe Vié will be published the week of May 20th, 2013.
Endangered Earth Journal.com was created by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff in an effort to promote the plight of endangered species and the efforts to save them.