Across the planet millions of animals travel with the seasons from one location to the next. Not unlike modern transport systems with interconnected airports, road and railway grids, migratory species depend on a network of habitats and corridors across the planet. Losing a single migration corridor may jeopardize entire populations.
On land, in the water and in the air – the UNEP rapid response assessment illustrates why ecological networks require immediate international attention and where on earth intervention is urgently needed for the frequent travellers of the animal world.
As about 100 governments come together in Norway to discuss urgent action to address the rapid decline of migratory animal across the globe, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) and GRID Arendal launched the report:
Living Planet: Connected Planet – Preventing the End of the World’s Wildlife Migrations through Ecological Networks
At the launch, MoveBank, a global database to track animal movements was presented by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany. The Institute will also establish ICARUS as a new experimental system on the International Space Station as of 2014.
Video inteview with Peter Prokosch, Managing director of GRID-Arendal
From the launch of the report in Bergen, Norway Nov 21 2011