The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is one of the most important tools of nature conservation, facilitating the flow of biodiversity information from the point of data collection to policy-makers around the world. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Red List: 50 years of helping to shape biodiversity conservation. In this meeting, we will explored the past and the future of the IUCN Red List. How has the Red List become the foremost objective assessment tool for species extinction risk, using quantitative criteria applicable to the widest possible range of species? How are the data used to examine changes in biodiversity over time and track progress towards international conservation targets? What does the future hold, what part do national-level assessments play in driving what we know about the global status of species, how can we drive forward assessments of entire ecosystems and which direction should Red List development take for it to persist to its 100th anniversary?
Craig Hilton-Taylor, IUCN
Ben Collen, UCL
Monika Bohm, ZSL
Rebecca Miller, IUCN
This meeting was chaired by Simon Stuart, IUCN, and has been organised by Monika Bohm, ZSL.
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