Technical Report: Chinese Paddlefish Extinction

Narvaez, Liliana, Janzen, Sally and Sebesvari, Zita (2021). Technical Report: Chinese Paddlefish Extinction. Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021. United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

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    Author Narvaez, Liliana
    Janzen, Sally
    Sebesvari, Zita
    Title Technical Report: Chinese Paddlefish Extinction
    Series Title Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021
    Publication Date 2021-09-08
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
    Pages 21
    Language eng
    Abstract Chinese Paddlefish have been around for an estimated 200 million years, which means they already swam alongside the dinosaurs and survived their extinction. But they did not survive the overconsumption and intervention of humankind, and were declared extinct in 2020. While overfishing and pollution played an accelerating role, much of its demise can be attributed to the multiple dam constructions in the Chinese Paddlefish’s natural habitat: the Yangtze River. The ‘last nail in the coffin’ was the construction of the Gezhouba Dam in 1981, which effectively cut the Chinese Paddlefish off from its only spawning ground, which was further upstream. While wild-caught freshwater fish provides food security and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people across the world, the Chinese Paddlefish no longer can. This technical background report for the 2020/2021 edition of the Interconnected Disaster Risks report analyses the root causes, drivers, impacts and potential solutions for the Chinese Paddlefish extinction through a forensic analysis of academic literature, media articles and expert interviews.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.53324/ALYR1854
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