Indicators and Assessments
Global environmental agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have set stringent goals for the conservation of biodiversity. Scientifically robust biodiversity indicators are required to track progress towards these goals, to define the status and trends of biodiversity, and to measure human impact on the planet.
The Indicators and Assessments (IAU) unit, a joint initiative between the Institute of Zoology and Conservation Programmes, was formed in 2006 for exactly this purpose. Its projects provide vital science to inform global policy for the CBD 2020 strategic plan.
Sampled Red List Index
It will broaden the taxonomic coverage of The IUCN Red List to improve our understanding of biodiversity trends and inform the direction of conservation attention.
National Red List
Developed with the help of ZSL, the National Red List website is the first centralised source of national-level biodiversity data.
Publications and Staff
Our latest publication, involving more than 200 researchers, shows that 19% of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction.
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The Indicators and Assessments Unit recently hosted international dung beetle experts to assess the Red List status of 272 species.
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Living Planet Index
The LPI has been adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity as an indicator of progress towards its 2011-2020 targets.
Wildlife Picture Index
This innovative approach is based on new camera trapping techniques, and is being piloted in several sites in Liberia and Mongolia.