負責此項評估作業的坦普(Helen Temple)、同時為IUCN紅皮書( Red List Unit)團隊之成員，她表示「雖然歐洲是世界上最被廣為研究的區域之一，但研究結果與實際行動的結合卻少得可憐，我們對於整個歐陸的哺乳類保育情況缺乏一個全面性的觀點。」
Nearly one in every six species of European mammals is now threatened with extinction, finds the first assessment of all European mammals, requested by the European Commission and carried out by the World Conservation Union, IUCN. The findings were released today to mark International Biodiversity Day.
The IUCN assessment shows that 27 percent of all European mammals have declining populations, and trends for a further 33 percent are unknown. Only eight percent of mammal species were identified as increasing.
IUCN Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre said, "This new assessment proves that many European mammals are declining at an alarming rate. However, we still have the power to reverse that trend, as the case of the European bison, which was brought back from extinction, clearly shows."
"Although Europe is one of the best studied regions of the world, little of this knowledge has been brought together and until now, we have had no overall view of the conservation status of mammals across the continent," said Helen Temple of IUCN's Red List Unit, who led the assessment.
To fill that gap, the European Union commissioned the IUCN to assess all mammals of continental Europe against the IUCN Red List criteria in order to identify Europe's most threatened mammals and help set conservation priorities.