2. Tracking Change in National-Level Conservation Status: National Red Lists

  1. Ben Collen4,
  2. Nathalie Pettorelli4,
  3. Jonathan E. M. Baillie5 and
  4. Sarah M. Durant4
  1. Ben Collen4,
  2. Janine Griffiths4,5,
  3. Yolan Friedmann1,
  4. Jon Paul Rodriguez2,
  5. Franklin Rojas-Suàrez3 and
  6. Jonathan E. M. Baillie5

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch2

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

How to Cite

Collen, B., Griffiths, J., Friedmann, Y., Rodriguez, J. P., Rojas-Suàrez, F. and Baillie, J. E. M. (2013) Tracking Change in National-Level Conservation Status: National Red Lists, in Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action (eds B. Collen, N. Pettorelli, J. E. M. Baillie and S. M. Durant), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

  2. 5

    Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Endangered Wildlife Trust, Private Bag X11, Parkview 2122, South Africa

  2. 2

    Centro de Ecología, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Apdo. 20632, Caracas 1020-A, Venezuela

  3. 3

    Provita, Apdo. 47552, Caracas 1041-A, Venezuela

  4. 4

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

  5. 5

    Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332919

Online ISBN: 9781118490747

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Keywords:

  • biodiversity;
  • IUCN Red List Index;
  • national-level conservation status;
  • South Africa;
  • species extinction risk;
  • Venezuela

Summary

Tracking change in species extinction risk provides an effective metric with which to follow trends in biodiversity. One of the most widely applied classifications of the relative risk of extinction of species is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. This chapter explores the prospect of taking the Red List Index (RLI), a global indicator of change in species extinction risk, and applying it at the regional and national level. It discusses how data coverage and data integrity are important factors in extending the utility of this index. The chapter looks in detail at the National Red List process in two countries, Venezuela and South Africa, and looks at how lessons may be learned from their experiences, and applied to other countries. It also sets out the potential strengths and limitations to using extinction risk indices to monitor change in biodiversity.