To initiate the discussion, we would like to share with you what my team and I have been thinking. But please do not feel constrained by this, as we would like to hear what you have to say, whether it is in agreement or not with our ideas.

Bolstering national work

Although the Red List provides a global picture of the status of biodiversity, conservation action is primarily carried out at the national level (or below, for example, by local communities). We can bolster this – SSC could increase conservation action by supporting national assessments, encouraging the use of red lists and strengthening the links between specialist groups and IUCN Members, with special attention on governmental members. At the same time, this would strengthen the Red List itself.