For those of you who can handle a depressing item ...

Subject: For those of you who can handle a depressing item ...
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 17:28:40 +1000

 Hundreds of Asian birds face extinction - study
 INDIA: June 12, 2001

 NEW DELHI - Some 300 Asian bird species face
 extinction because of destruction of their habitat
 through such acts as deforestation and wetland
 clearance, worldwide conservation group BirdLife
 International says.

 That figure is sharply up from 1981 when the number of
 Asian birds species facing extinction stood at 51, the group

 "Our research shows there has been a serious rise in the
 number of species becoming extinct," BirdLife International
 spokesman Richard Thomas told Reuters from the group's
 headquarters in Cambridge, England.

 Out of 2,700 Asian bird species, around one-quarter or 664
 face varying degrees of survival threat, the group says in a
 newly released book, "Threatened Birds of Asia: The
 BirdLife International Red Data Book".

 BirdLife International, a global alliance of conservation
 groups in more than 100 countries, is a leading authority on
 birds, their habitats and issues affecting bird life.

 "The biggest threat to the birds comes from losing habitat
 due to human activities like illegal logging and wetland
 clearance for agriculture or exotic timber plantations,"
 Rudyanto (eds: one name), a researcher at BirdLife's
 Indonesian office told Reuters yesterday.

 "The three species of Indian vultures for instance have
 declined by a massive 95 percent for reasons unknown," he

 But researchers say it is not too late to reverse the threat if
 governments create new protected areas, extend existing
 ones and pass new conservation legislation.


 "We need to act urgently and on a scale greater than
 anything previously achieved if we are to avert the extinction
 crisis facing Asia's threatened birds," Noritaka Ichida, head
 of the BirdLife Asia Council said in a statement.

 Many large waterbirds are already close to extinction due to
 the disturbance or conversion of their habitat such as the
 Siberian Crane and Black-faced Spoonbill.

 The report says wetlands are crucial for the survival of 20
 percent of the threatened species including the Spot-billed

 The report was compiled by over 160 experts in 23 Asian

 The report shows that 323 species out of a total of 2,700 in
 Asia face extinction and 41 are listed as critically
 endangered with only 50 percent chance of survival over the
 next decade without conservation action.

 Indonesia has the highest number of threatened species
 with in Asia with 115 followed by China with 78, India 73
 and Philippines 69. There are overlaps of certain species
 among different countries.

 The report also shows that tropical moist forests are
 particularly important for 70 percent of threatened forest
 species. The continuing loss and damage to lowland moist
 forests in the Sundaic region of Indonesia and Malaysia has
 resulted in many changes harming birds, the group said.

 Story by Deepan Joshi

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