1. Compiling an IUCN Red List for Latin America. 2. Advancing Species progress in West Asia.

11:00-12:00 Compiling an IUCN Red List for Latin America

The purpose of this session will be to discuss and present ideas for the promotion of a Red List of threatened species initiative in Latin America, focused on the exchange and systematization of national experiences in the region. The objectives would include: paving the way for building a Red List network in Latin America, bringing in current expertise and engaging other countries wanting to produce a national Red List but needing guidance and creating better linkages between national and global Red List efforts.

While IUCN works primarily at the global scale, it recognizes the importance of national assessments of extinction risk both for on-the-ground conservation actions and legislation (which most often occur at the national level) and for informing the global IUCN Red List. Incorporating endemic species from national red lists into the IUCN Red List would be a significant contribution to the data available on the IUCN Red List, thereby making local data available at the global level to inform large-scale conservation decisions while simultaneously supporting local and regional conservation data collection and scientific analysis.

The session will operate as a roundtable with presentations of key ideas and facts from Latin America along with a Q&A session.

12:00-13:00 Advancing Species progress in West Asia

The first part of this session will be led by the IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and will promote efforts towards the establishment of the Jordanian Red Lists (flora and fauna) in order to exchange experiences with interested and concerned agencies and bring technical and financial support for these efforts. The second part of this session will be led by the Saudi Wildlife Agency (SWA) which will give a presentation on the unique plant species of the region.

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