Updating Species Red Lit of Bangladesh

Updating Species Red Lit of Bangladesh

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Updating Species Red Lit of Bangladesh


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation statusof plant and animal species and their links to livelihoods. Particularly, its scientifically rigorous approach to determine risks of extinction has become a world standard. Looking back at 50 years since its implementation in 1964, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has been successfully established as a powerful conservation tool and has achieved its goal on providing information and analyses on the status, trends and threats to species and thereby playing a prominent and crucial role in guiding global, regional and national conservation actions, activities and policy decisions of governments, NGOs and scientific institutions. In order to ensure standards and scientific integrity of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ the assessment and regular updating process is clear, transparent, well documented and supported by the best scientific information available.

About the project

As part of the Bangladesh Forest Department’s project on "Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection" funded by World Bank, IUCN Bangladesh aims to reduce the current knowledge gap between conservation and risk of extinction of the species by revising the previous Red List for Bangladesh using the most recent Red List assessment criteria version 3.1.This current updating process is of significant importance due to the facts that it 1) will fill the existing 13 years' assessment gap  for bird, fish, mammal, amphibian and reptile species in Bangladesh and their conservation status, 2) adjust the Red List by taking into account the global changes in IUCN Red List assessment criteria from 2003, 3) will extend the Species Red List of Bangladesh by the two important animal groups Crustacean and Butterfly, and 4) will include the conservation and risk of extinction status of several newly discovered species which are not listed and assessed earlier. Coinciding with the global 50 year’s anniversary of the IUCN Red List, the update in Bangladesh will contribute to the celebration of this event and further highlights its significance.During the 24 months assessment process, members of the IUCN Global Species Programme, the IUCN Species Survival Commission, IUCN Bangladesh,Bangladesh Forest Department, Department of Fisheries, universities, research institutes, as well as scientists, conservationists, partner organizations and other governmental and non-governmental agencies will closely work together to ensure most accurate information and analysis of the most current status, trends and threats to wildlife species in Bangladesh. For this purpose a national committee of 18 members as well as 7 Red List Assessor Groups (RAG), led by species specialists, have been formed.

The expected outcomes and results of the project are:

  • The current conservation status of 1700 targeted species of 7 selected animal groups (mammals, birds,reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes, crustaceans, and butterflies)has been assessed and published in Red List Books;
  • Wildlife species at the risk of extinction have been identified and that information has been communicated and published;
  • Capacities of in-country professionals on assessing and updating species statuses have been build up and a network of national and international experts established.

Mohammad Shahad Mahabub Chowdhury
Project Manager
Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Bangladesh Country Office
House 16, Road 2/3
Banani, Dhaka 1213
Tel: +880 2 9890395, 9890423, 8852743 Ext 111
Fax: +880 2 9892854
Cell: +880 1711 111967
Skype: shahadbd
Email: shahad.mahabub@iucn.org
www.iucn.org/bangladesh; www.iucnredlistbd.org;

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