Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species: Pushing for zero extinction conservation
The Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) is an alliance of conservation groups that aims to identify and promote the protection of taxa that are highly vulnerable to human-induced extinctions and are restricted to single locations.
AZE species and their associated sites (AZEs&s) offer an excellent opportunity to achieve the Aichi 2020 Targets T11 (protected areas) and T12 (preventing species extinctions).
In our review, we show that AZEs&s can be protected feasibly and cost-effectively, but action is urgent. We argue that the Alliance, whose initial main aim was to identify AZEs&s, must be followed up by a second-generation initiative that directs and co-ordinates AZE conservation activities on the ground. The prominent role of zoos, conservation NGOs, and governmental institutions provides a combination of all-encompassing knowhow that can, if properly steered, maximize the long-term survival of AZEs&s.
- Funk SM, Conde D, Lamoreux J, Fa JE. (2017). Meeting the Aichi targets: Pushing for zero extinction conservation. Ambio 46: 443–455