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Catalyzing red list assessments of underrepresented Taxa through partner networks and student engagement

Bohm, Monika and Waldien, David L. and Setliff, Gregory P. and Abenis, Kristine O. and Aguirre, Luis F. and Akite, Perpetra and Alviola, Marnelli S. and Alviola, Phillip A. and Bejarano, José L.A. and Badon, Jade A.T. and Barrion-Dupo, Aimee L.A. and Brodie, Gilianne D. and Cabras, Analyn and Canteiro, Cátia and Danoff-Burg, James A. and De Chavez, Emmanuel R.C. and Duya, Mariano R.M. and Eusebio, Orlando L. and Fauzi, Norashikin and Glass, Zachary J. and Grabowski, Noelle E. and Serrudo, Juán F.G. and Henriques, Sérgio S. and Horton, Brent M. and Jayaraj, Vijaya K. and Kaplin, Beth A. and Keller, Shannon M. and Arias, Maria J.L. and Lit, Jr., Ireneo L. and Lucañas, Cristian C. and Medina, Milton N.D. and Meyer, Michael D. and Miladin, Jenna and Mourad, Ahmim and Mueller, Gregory M. and Narayan, Shiloh S. and Naredo, Jeremy C.B. and Osborne-Naikatini, Tamara and Rasalan, Joseph B. and Rashni, Bindiya and Musila, Simon and Suganthi, Appalasamy and Thomas-Moko, Nunia and Torrejos, Chrestine B. and Wallace, John R. and Waqa-Sakiti, Hilda F.V. and Yap, Sheryl (2022) Catalyzing red list assessments of underrepresented Taxa through partner networks and student engagement. Diversity, 14 (9). pp. 723-739. ISSN 1424-2818

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Global biodiversity decline is continuing largely unabated. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species (hereafter, Red List) provides us with the gold standard for assessments, but taxonomic coverage, especially for invertebrates and fungi, remains very low. Many players contribute to the Red List knowledge base, especially IUCN Red List partners, IUCN-led assessment projects, and the Specialist Groups and Red List Authorities (RLA) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. However, it is vital that we develop the next generation of contributors and bring in new, diverse voices to build capacity and to sustain the huge assessment effort required to fill data gaps. Here, we discuss a recently established partner network to build additional capacity for species assessments, by linking academia directly into the assessment processes run by Specialist Groups and RLAs. We aim to increase Red List “literacy” amongst potential future conservationists and help students to increase publication output, form professional networks, and develop writing and research skills. Professors can build Red List learning into their teaching and offer Red Listing opportunities to students as assignments or research projects that directly contribute to the Red List. We discuss the opportunities presented by the approach, especially for underrepresented species groups, and the challenges that remain.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q1-295 General
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS)
Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Depositing User: Tamara Osborne
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 00:57
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2022 00:57

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