Species-based conservation legislation needs to be based on sound scientific data and updated taxonomic knowledge. European Union environmental legislation is among the most advanced in the world, yet there is not a clear and regular mechanism to update species' lists of Habitats Directive Annexes according the latest available scientific data. Here we reviewed the situation of the endemic Aeolian lizard Podarcis raffonei and indicate it as a case-study of possible ongoing species extinction into the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot as the result of failure to update lists of EU protected species. We recommend to implement a mechanism of periodical revision of the Annexes of the Habitats Directive with particular attention to endemic EU species included in the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered.
|Titolo:||Threatened by legislative conservationism? The case of the critically endangered Aeolian Lizard|
|Parole Chiave:||Conservation; Habitat directive; Legislation; Podarcis raffonei; Taxonomy; Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics; Ecology|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/05 - Zoologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.3389/fevo.2017.00130|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|