16. Species at Risk

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The loss of biodiversity is a global concern. The international community is committing to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020 and the United Nations declared in 2010 the start of the Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Species at risk indicators are one way to measure progress towards this new target for 2020 and beyond.

The vast majority of species in the NWT are secure and not at risk of extinction. Many NWT species that are categorized as 'at risk' on national or international lists are at greater risk elsewhere in Canada or the world, but the NWT has responsibility for conserving large portions of their remaining populations.

Very few species in the NWT face threats that could drive them to extinction within 100 years or less.

The Species at Risk indicators in this report provide status and trend information on all species known to be at risk in the NWT. A set of indicators also provide information on threats to some species at risk in the NWT. The information provided in these indicators is used for territorial, national and international reporting, and can be compared with indicators from other jurisdictions.