Elephants in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

IUCN-CI Biodiversity Assessment Unit

 The IUCN-CI Biodiversity Assessment Unit (BAU) established in 2001, is a collaborative project between IUCN and Conservation International with the mandate of expanding the taxonomic and geographic coverage of the IUCN Red List.

Since inception, the BAU, working in close association with the IUCN Species Programme and other partners, has conducted: the first-ever assessment of the world’s 6,000 amphibians (the Global Amphibian Assessment or GAA); a major revision of the conservation status of the world’s mammals (Global Mammal Assessment, or GMA); initiated a comprehensive assessment of some 20,000 selected marine species (the Global Marine Species Assessment, or GMSA) and some 9,000 reptiles (the Global Reptile Assessment, or GRA); and raised more than US$500,000 in funding to support the Global Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment. Most recently the BAU has additionally supported a review of the conservation status of the world’s cacti species (Global Cactus Assessment).

The assessment process typically includes the organization of regional workshops, attended by the world’s leading experts, on particular species groups. Scientifically rigorous data are collected on the geographic range of the species (including a range map); population status; habitat and ecology; threats to the species; conservation measures needed and in place; and finally, once the supporting information is available, the allocation of a standardized IUCN Red List Category indicating the degree of extinction risk.

All of the data collected during the assessment process are made publically available on the IUCN Red List website.

The comprehensive information gathered can be used to inform the planning of individual species conservation efforts (such as the development of action plans); to identify sites for conservation action (such as the designation of protected areas); to inform broader policy and management (at scales from local to international level); to evaluate the state of biodiversity (allowing geographic and taxonomic comparisons); and to monitor the changing state of biodiversity (including the Red List Index).

Species and Biodiversity News

 

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 logo

Mainstreaming Biodiversity: what’s the fuzz?

Mainstreaming Biodiversity is the theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity and of the next Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Cancun, Mexico in December 2016. …  

23 May 2016 | Article

Field visit to SAGCOT, as part of IUCN's project there called SUSTAIN-Africa.

The importance of partnerships for scaling up sustainability

Agriculture depends on people and nature working sustainably together. To advance sustainable agriculture at larger scales, we must build and expand partnerships between public, civil society and private sectors. This was a key message I took away from a recent field trip to Tanzania. …  

24 Feb 2016 | Article

Bee and Flower

Scientific and Technical Meeting on Biodiversity Ends in Good Spirit

 Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people… 

09 Nov 2015 | News story

Brushed aluminium

IUCN receives award for its role in setting sustainable aluminium industry standard

IUCN has received a Gold Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for leading a multi-stakeholder process to launch the now independent Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s first Performance Standard.  

15 Sep 2015 | Article