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Clarifying misconceptions of extinction risk assessment with the IUCN Red List.

Collen, B; Dulvy, NK; Gaston, KJ; Gärdenfors, U; Keith, DA; Punt, AE; Regan, HM; ... Akçakaya, HR; + view all (2016) Clarifying misconceptions of extinction risk assessment with the IUCN Red List. Biology Letters , 12 (4) 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0843. Green open access

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Abstract

The identification of species at risk of extinction is a central goal of conservation. As the use of data compiled for IUCN Red List assessments expands, a number of misconceptions regarding the purpose, application and use of the IUCN Red List categories and criteria have arisen. We outline five such classes of misconception; the most consequential drive proposals for adapted versions of the criteria, rendering assessments among species incomparable. A key challenge for the future will be to recognize the point where understanding has developed so markedly that it is time for the next generation of the Red List criteria. We do not believe we are there yet but, recognizing the need for scrutiny and continued development of Red Listing, conclude by suggesting areas where additional research could be valuable in improving the understanding of extinction risk among species.

Type: Article
Title: Clarifying misconceptions of extinction risk assessment with the IUCN Red List.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0843
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0843
Language: English
Keywords: Climate change, geographical range, population decline, rarity, spatial autocorrelation, uncertainty
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478298
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