Update or outdate: long-term viability of the IUCN Red List

Rondinini, Carlo, Di Marco, Moreno, Visconti, Piero, Butchart, Stuart H. M. and Boitani, Luigi (2014) Update or outdate: long-term viability of the IUCN Red List. Conservation Letters, 7 2: 126-130. doi:10.1111/conl.12040

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Author Rondinini, Carlo
Di Marco, Moreno
Visconti, Piero
Butchart, Stuart H. M.
Boitani, Luigi
Title Update or outdate: long-term viability of the IUCN Red List
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2014-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/conl.12040
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 126
End page 130
Total pages 5
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract It is estimated that the global yearly expenditure on biodiversity conservation action exceeds one billion U.S. dollars. One of the key tools for prioritizing conservation actions is the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information on the global extinction risk of species (covering ca. 60,000 as of today). While IUCN's vision is to increase the taxonomic coverage of the Red List, no adequate plan exists to keep it up to date. As species assessments become outdated after 10 years under IUCN rules, our simulations reveal that with the limited budget currently available for reassessment, most of the Red Listing effort may be wasted soon. Indeed, 17% of the species' assessments are already outdated. To minimize the budget needed to keep assessments up to date in the Red List, we propose a mixed strategy of online reassessments and budget growth. We show that largely replacing workshops with online consultations is a more sustainable strategy that would save U.S. $2.8 million per year (35% of the budget). Sharing the cost of such a strategy among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries (U.S. $156,000 per country per year) would ensure that the multimillion dollar spending based on the Red List remains effective in the long term.
Keyword Barometer of life
Biodiversity assessment
Biodiversity monitoring
Conservation funding
Extinction risk
Global public good
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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