Incorrect use of the IUCN Classification may lead to bad management decisions. The Case of the Trichechus manatus manatus in Suriname

Incorrect use of the IUCN Classification may lead to bad management decisions. The Case of the Trichechus manatus manatus in Suriname

Category

Technology

Available online

4 Jul 2013

Found in Edition

2013, Volume 4, 375-377

Format

Review article
In the past few years as a result of increased explorations for oil, numerous reports have been written about environmental impacts. In all of these, the West Indian Manatee species occurring in Suriname was incorrectly identified and because of this, incorrectly classified as Vulnerable. In this brief I address the correct classification and show how incorrect classification could potentially lead to bad management decisions, and thus to its accelerated extinction in Suriname. The purpose of this brief is to ensure that this erroneous classification does not occur in future reports and ublications, and that better management decisions will be made.

Subject

Manatee

Keywords

Suriname, Suriname Manatee, Trichechus manatus manatus, IUCN Classification, West Indian Manatee, Antillean Manatee, Florida Manatee, Vulnerable, Endangered

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Monique Pool (1)

Green Heritage Fund Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname
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