Skip to main content
Biological diversity

Definition(s)

'Endangered' in relation to a particular migratory species means that the migratory species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range (Source: CMS Art. 1e) and clarified in Res. 5.3. as meaning “facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future” (in order to achieve maximum compability with IUCN Categories of threat)

A taxon is Critically Endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria [A to E] for Critically Endangered, and it is therefore considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. A taxon is Endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria [A to E] for Endangered, and it is therefore considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.(Source: IUCN RED LIST criteria, 2001)

Animals, birds, fish, plants or other living organisms threatened with extinction by natural or human-induced changes in their environment. (Source: GEMET/TOE/KOREN) [...] unless steps are taken to change the cause of threat and decline. (Source: GEMET/BRACK)

In other languages

French
espèce en danger
Russian
исчезающие виды
Spanish
especies amenazadas
Arabic
سلالات مهددة

Explore content

Follow up the links below to see InforMEA content related to endangered species coming up from several external sources.

Multilateral environment agreements tagged with endangered species

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with endangered species. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Convention on Migratory Species
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
Specially Protected Areas and Biodiversity Protocol
United Nations Environment Assembly

Multimedia

World Forestry Conference 2015, Durban Tree Talk with John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General