The future existence of the world's 100 most critically endangered species lies squarely in our hands. Do these species have a right to exist, or do we have the right to drive them to extinction?
For the first time, the IUCN SSC network of 8,000 scientists have identified 100 of the most threatened animals, plants and fungi. The declines of most of these species have been caused by humans and in almost all cases their extinction can be avoided and the decline reversed. Thus, their future existence lies squarely in our hands. Whether they disappear forever or remain on the planet simply depends on whether we as a society believe they are worth protecting. In the book 'Priceless or Worthless?' we will ask you to consider the value of the 100 most threatened species. Do they have the right to exist or do we have the right to drive them to extinction?
This session will launch the book 'Priceless or Worthless' which provides details of the 100 most critically endangered species and how they could be saved. In addition, it will provide a fantastic opportunity for networking and discussion between attendees will feature presentations on the value of species, and how the conservation movement can ensure their preservation.