14:30-15:30 European Red List
The session will inform participants about the European Red List, an initiative that aims to assess the conservation status of species in Europe to help establish conservation priorities and guide conservation action. The event programme is as follows:
*The conservation status of species in Europe
(Hans Friederich, Director, IUCN Regional Office for Europe)
*Tracking policy targets using European Red List data – are we meeting our targets?
(Eladio Fernandez Galiano, Head of the Biodiversity Unit, Council of Europe)
*European Red List as a source of data for European assessments and indicator data sets
(Gregoire Dubois, Senior Scientist, European Commission - Joint Research Centre)
*Strengthening the Species Survival Commission in Europe
(Simon Stuart, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission)
*Communicating biodiversity through the Red List
(John Francis, Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration, National Geographic Society)
15:30-16:30 “Foundations of biodiversity – status and trend of the world’s invertebrates” - report launch
This session will launch a collaborative report from ZSL, IUCN and ARKive, which summarizes the ongoing assessment work of IUCN Red List partners on invertebrate status, trends and conservation. The aim is to bring invertebrate conservation onto the international agenda by presenting key findings from extensive assessment work carried out over the past five years. The focus will be on why invertebrate conservation matters to humans and their importance to habitats and ecosystems. The report presents information on ecology, biogeography, threats, recent extinctions and examples of ecologically important species, to give a flavor of the intricate ecological interactions we stand to lose if current extinction rates continue.
The sheer diversity of invertebrate life will be highlighted by stunning photographic imagery around the exhibit. Collaborators will discuss the content of the report, including drivers of species loss, the ways in which we are keeping track of how invertebrates are doing globally and how this relates to international policy. Discussion will also focus on future steps in invertebrate conservation communicating the importance of invertebrate conservation to policy makers and the general public, in the face of more stories on large and charismatic species of birds and mammals.