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Bridging the Research-Implementation Gap in IUCN Red List Assessments
Trends in Ecology & Evolution

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is central in biodiversity conservation, but insufficient resources hamper its long-term growth, updating, and consistency. Models or automated calculations can alleviate those challenges by providing standardised estimates required for assessments, or prioritising species for (re-)assessments. However, while numerous scientific papers have proposed such methods, few have been integrated into assessment practice, highlighting a critical research–implementation gap. We believe this gap can be bridged by fostering communication and collaboration between academic researchers and Red List practitioners, and by developing and maintaining user-friendly platforms to automate application of the methods. We propose that developing methods better encompassing Red List criteria, systems, and drivers is the next priority to support the Red List.

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Cazalis, V., M. Di Marco, S.H.M. Butchart, H.R. Akçakaya, M. González-Suárez, C. Meyer, V. Clausnitzer, M. Böhm, A. Zizka, P. Cardoso, A.M. Schipper, S.P. Bachman, B.E. Young, M. Hoffmann, A. Benítez-López, P.M. Lucas, N. Pettorelli, G. Patoine, M. Pacifici, T. Jörger-Hickfang, T.M. Brooks, C. Rondinini, S.L.L. Hill, P. Visconti, and L. Santini. 2022. Bridging the research-implementation gap in IUCN Red List assessments. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.