ESR 6:109-111 (2008)  -  doi:10.3354/esr00168

Taking it as red: an introduction to the Theme Section on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Matthew H. Godfrey1,2,*, David L. Roberts3, Brendan J. Godley4

1North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 1507 Ann Street, Beaufort, 28516 North Carolina, USA
2Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University Marine Lab, 135 Marine Lab Road, Beaufort,
28516 North Carolina, USA
3Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, UK
4Centre for Ecology & Conservation, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn TR10 9EZ, UK

ABSTRACT: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (www.redlist.org) is a comprehensive list of relative extinction risk for species throughout the world, and it is commonly referenced in the scientific literature. Established in 1963, the IUCN Red List and its Criteria have been revised regularly to make them more scientific and objective. Nevertheless, the aim of the IUCN Red List to establish global standards across varied taxa has generated some controversy, particularly in terms of what is the most appropriate scale for both assessing the threat of extinction and setting conservation priorities for particular species. The papers included in this Theme Section of Endangered Species Research focus on the IUCN Red List and provide several recommendations for strengthening this conservation tool.


KEY WORDS: Red List · Criteria · Conservation


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Cite this article as: Godfrey MH, Roberts DL, Godley BJ (2008) Taking it as red: an introduction to the Theme Section on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Endang Species Res 6:109-111

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