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Data Sources and Methods for the Changes in Wildlife Species Disappearance Risks Indicator

Description and rationale of the Changes in Wildlife Species Disappearance Risks indicator

2.1 Description

The Changes in Wildlife Species Disappearance Risks indicator measures conservation effectiveness and is developed in partnership with the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Secretariat at Environment Canada. The indicator tracks changes in the level of risk for species assessed by COSEWIC as “at risk” in Canada.

2.2 Rationale

The recognition and assessment of a species as at risk of extinction or extirpation can focus management action towards high-priority issues. Successful management should reduce the risk of species extinction.

2.3 Changes since last report

The indicator was first reported by the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators (CESI) program in June 2011 with data current to November 2010. The indicator is being updated to bring the data current to December 2012.