10 November 2008


Another day, another extinction event (or nearly so) over at IUCN:
The release of the first ever IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ assessment of northeast Atlantic sharks, rays and chimaeras reveals that 26 percent are threatened with extinction and another 20 percent are in the Near Threatened category.
One can accept the IUCN Red List system is distinctive and valuable, but why the commercial designation rather than, say, a license under creative commons?

1 comment:

Caspar Henderson said...

25 Nov

An officer from IUCN replies:

The IUCN Red List for Threatened Species™ has a long and established history as the world's most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant and animal species. The data that is published in the IUCN Red List has been gathered and assessed following very strict guidelines and procedures to ensure that the findings published are robust. Many partners work with IUCN providing input into the IUCN Red List.

Over time, other organizations have started to produce their own “Red Lists” which do not follow the same rigorous analysis and thus can be misleading and confusing.

To ensure the integrity of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species for the conservation community and the public in general, we need to protect the name.