National Red Lists: establishing the foundation for national biodiversity conservation

Following the success of the IUCN Red List and the global IUCN Categories and Criteria, demand increased for a procedure to carry out species threat classification at sub-global levels. This led in 2003, to the production of guidelines to assess the conservation status of species at the regional and national level. In excess of 120 countries now report national threatened species lists, more than two thirds of which use the IUCN system. With the increasing importance of national tracking of biodiversity trends, as detailed in the newly adopted CBD Strategic plan for 2012-2020, and emerging demands from inter-governmental panels like IPBES, this workshop will explore how best to strengthen and support national Red Listing and create consensus on how this key tool should be developed in the run up to 2020.

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