For countries and regions to implement the myriad conservation policies that come under the various international environmental agreements they need high-quality information to determine the conservation status of species.
This goes for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as well as regional accords such as Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol, through the development of national laws on biodiversity.
Stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) IUCN-ORMA
In response to a resolution adopted at the IUCN World Conservation Conference in 2004, the IUCN Regional Office for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean has implemented an initiative that supports Insular Caribbean on conservation and sustainable development issues.
It is from this effort that the need has been highlighted of a Red List of Species for the Caribbean, which is seen as key to achieve conservation goals.