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.

Capacity building

A key element of expanding the impact of SSC is strengthening local capacity for carrying out and using Red List assessments in support of conservation action. We need to develop cost-efficient methods to achieve this. In late 2015 and early 2016, we tested an intensive training course that builds on the on-line training provided by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The product was a cohort of newly certified amphibian and freshwater fish Red List assessors, plus dozens of fresh assessments to be considered for publication in the Red List. I plan to take this effort further and continue exploring means by which the Red List, in combination with the other IUCN knowledge products and the teams behind them, can multiply its influence on decision making and conservation planning throughout the world.