Target: Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUNC)
Goal: Prevent hundreds of animal species from going extinct by using updated technology to study habitat loss.
Over 200 species of animals may go extinct as a result of forests being turned into plantations for making palm oil and growing tree crops. Unfortunately, none of these species are listed as either endangered or threatened by the IUCN, an international organization that helps societies preserve habitats and species by ensuring that resources are used responsibly. Scientists claim that not enough information on certain animal populations or geographic locations is available to justify a change of conservation status. Sadly, a recent study found that many of these animal species only occupy a small living range, an indication that once their forest homes are destroyed, they will likely die-off as a result of having nowhere to go.
The co-author of the study, Duke University Professor of Conservation Ecology, Stuart L. Pimm, believes that in order to collect vital data about certain areas, remote-sensing technology needs to be used. When such technology is utilized, more information about priority habitats and species at risk is obtained, giving scientists a better idea as to what habitats need extra protections. Urge the IUCN to conduct studies using this type of technology in an effort to help many amazing animals to thrive.
Dear Director General Andersen,
Hundreds of animal species in South East Asia are at risk of dying off because forests are quickly being turned into plantations for making palm oil and growing tree crops. Because scientists claim that they do not know enough about either the populations of these animals or their habitats, they have not been given consideration to be listed as either threatened or endangered.
Since many of these animal species dwell in small areas, they will likely die off if the part of the forest where they live is destroyed. In fact, recent findings indicate that less than 10 percent of the habitat occupied by 40 percent of potentially threatened or endangered species will likely be saved. Instead, it is thought that most of this land will be destroyed as a result of development or deforestation.
Stuart L. Pimm, a professor at Duke University who co-authored the above study, believes that when remote-sensing technology is used to study species and their habitats, important data that may otherwise be overlooked can be more easily obtained. Scientists need to have access to such data so that they know what areas need to be saved the most. I therefore urge you to conduct studies using remote-sensing technology and to further decipher what habitats need to be thoroughly protected through the data collected; the lives of many animal species most likely depend on how future studies are conducted and analyzed.
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