IUCN expanding Red List in Brazil

28 July 2010 | News story

IUCN and the Instituto Chico Mendes para conservação da biodiversidade (ICMBio) today signed an agreement to build the Brazilian Red List of Threatened Species.  

Brazil is a mega-biodiverse country and the status of its species is an important barometer at the global level. ICMBio is the official assessor of species for the Brazilian Ministry of Environment.

So far however, Red List data for Brazil does not cover comprehensively all species and does not yield data that could be easily compared internationally. Through this agreement, IUCN will bring training and capacity building to ICMBio on a new methodology to assess the status of species and biodiversity in Brazil.

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Rômulo Mello, President of ICMBio, signed the agreement today in Brasilia, currently hosting the annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee.

"Our two organizations have so much in common - we were meant to work together," said IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. "Together we can work and train more people on how to assess the status of species."

"This all helps towards getting this very important message across about the biodiversity crisis and encouraging citizens to take action."

"Our dream is to preserve Brazil's biodiversity," said ICMBio President Rômulo Mello. "We are happy to work together with IUCN to improve our monitoring of species within Brazil."

"This is the International Year of Biodiversity and now more than ever is the time to work towards our joint goals."