Through the air, over land and in water, over ten thousand species numbering millions of animals travel around the world in a network of migratory pathways. The very foundation of these migratory species is their connection to places and corridors across the planet. The loss of a single point in their migration can jeopardize the entire population.
Migratory species are particularly vulnerable as their habitats are part of wider ecological networks across the planet. They depend entirely upon unrestricted travel through well-functioning ecosystems along their migratory routes to refuel, reproduce, rest and travel. Much as our own modern transport system of airports, harbours and roads cannot exist without international agreements and without refueling capacity in different countries, neither can these species persist without key feeding areas or stopover points. Understanding the need for these ecological networks – a system of connected landscape elements, and the international collaboration required to conserve them, are essential for the future survival of migratory species.
The publication is available on the UNEP/GRID-Arendal website http://www.grida.no/publications/rr/living-planet/.
|Editorian team: Kurvits T.
Skaalvik J. F.
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