WCC 2016 Res 016 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Association Ecologique de Boumerdès ( AEB ) / Algeria
Zoological Society of London ( ZSL ) / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
BirdLife International / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Conservation International ( CI ) / United States of America
NatureServe / United States of America
Global Wildlife Conservation ( GWC ) / United States of America
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2017-2020 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
University of Rome La Sapienza, Arizona State University, Texas A&M University, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Botanical Gardens Conservation, International, French National Centre for Scientific Research, CBD, IPBES, UN Division for Sustainable Development (SDGs)
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Policy influencing/advocacy
Scientific/technical activities
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
A Red List Index for Wild Relatives of domesticated species of birds and mammals was calculated and published in McGowan et al. 2018 Conservation Letters 2018: e12588.

The RLI was included in the 2018 SDG report with data for each country updated in the UN SDG indicator database.

The RLI and various disaggregations were included in the Third Order Draft of the IPBES Global Assessment, with the indicators extrapolated to 2020 to assess progress towards the Aichi Targets and 2030 for the SDGs, and in each of the IPBES Regional Assessments.

RLIs, disaggregated to national level, were included in the ‘country profiles’ on the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, and made available to CBD national focal points, among others (see link below).

Funding from the EU was secured for the INSPIRE4Nature project, led by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), involving four IUCN Red List Partners, to train 15 PhD students, some of whom will be working on the Red List Index.

IUCN Secretariat secured funding from the Swiss Government to develop functionality on the IUCN Red List website to serve up RLIs and various disaggregations of them to users.

The IUCN Director General convened calls with the CEOs of the Red List Partners, and after a decade of existence, join-fundraising efforts are finally under way to secure significant funding for the IUCN Red List, allowing the regular production and update of RLIs based on reassessments.

Discussions were held with the Amphibian and Shark assessment teams to brief them on the RLI fields in the Species Information Service (SIS) database and to talk them through the RLI process. The shark team are busy with a reassessment of all shark species with the aim of having the reassessment complete by 2020. They are also back-casting assessments to 1980 in order to obtain a third data point.
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
The main challenge to the delivery of an updated RLI is the lack of funding and priority afforded to reassessments. The completion of the mammal reassessment which was due in 2016 has been delayed due to lack of resources and the reliance on the efforts of a volunteer network. At present about 1,234 of the 5,692 mammal species still need to be reassessed. The 2nd amphibian assessment is still many years away, with about 3,000 of the 7,965 species to be reassessed plus another 1,243 new species waiting to be assessed for the first time.

The data on the RLIs for most of the taxonomic groups has been entered into SIS, however, the way this is structured needs to be changed as it is difficult to enter and to extract. The data entered still needs to be checked. The whole process for recording RLI information and the back-casting needs to be fully documented.
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
The Mammal Assessment team are putting plans in place to ensure that all the remaining mammal species are submitted for publication by August 2019.

The Amphibian Assessment team are starting to scaled up their efforts thanks to new funding received at the end of 2018. The amphibian team are now submitting reassessments and new assessments to the Red List Unit on a monthly basis. The aim is to complete all the amphibian assessments by the end of 2020.

Efforts to raise funding to support reassessments will continue, particularly through the joint Red List Partnership approach following the agreement reached between the CEOs of all the Partners.

The RLI will be promoted through the SDGs and as one of the indicators to be used for the new post-2020 framework on biodiversity to be negotiated through the CBD.

The Red List Technical Working Group will investigate how the RLI information is entered and stored in SIS to provide recommendations on what changes are needed. The group will also produce the necessary documentation to guide all groups wanting to record RLI information.

Methods to automate the production of the RLI will be advanced. A new portal will be developed on the Red List website to serve up RLIs to users.
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
On-going: implementation consisting of repetitive, recurrent action (attending meetings, reporting, etc.)
Additional information
Are these actions planned for yet: