Bridging the research-implementation gap in IUCN Red List assessments

Cazalis, V., Di Marco, M., Butchart, S.H.M., Akçakaya, H., González-Suárez, M., Meyer, C., Clausnitzer, V., Böhm, M., et al. (2022). Bridging the research-implementation gap in IUCN Red List assessments. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 37 (4) 359-370. 10.1016/j.tree.2021.12.002.

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is central in biodiversity conservation, but insufficient resources hamper its long-term growth, updating, and consistency. Models or automated calculations can alleviate those challenges by providing standardised estimates required for assessments, or prioritising species for (re-)assessments. However, while numerous scientific papers have proposed such methods, few have been integrated into assessment practice, highlighting a critical research–implementation gap. We believe this gap can be bridged by fostering communication and collaboration between academic researchers and Red List practitioners, and by developing and maintaining user-friendly platforms to automate application of the methods. We propose that developing methods better encompassing Red List criteria, systems, and drivers is the next priority to support the Red List.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: automated assessment; biodiversity; extinction risk; remote-sensing; species conservation; user-friendly platforms
Research Programs: Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation (BEC)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 12:59
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 16:42

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