Conservation planning and the IUCN Red List

Mike Hoffmann, T. M. Brooks, G. A.B. Da Fonseca, C. Gascon, A. F.A. Hawkins, R. E. James, P. Langhammer, R. A. Mittermeier, J. D. Pilgrim, A. S.L. Rodrigues, J. M.C. Silva

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Systematic conservation planning aims to identify comprehensive protected area networks that together will minimize biodiversity loss. Importantly, conservation planners seek to determine where to allocate limited resources first, particularly given the uneven spread of, and threats to, biodiversity. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species incorporates data not only on threats to species, but also on species distributions and ecological requirements. These temporal and spatial attributes, when combined with other datasets, have proven useful for determining the most urgent priority areas for conserving biodiversity, from the global level down to the scale of individual sites. Although many challenges remain, the increasing reliability and comprehensiveness of the IUCN Red List suggests that its role as a source of biodiversity data in systematic conservation planning is certain to expand dramatically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-125
Number of pages13
JournalEndangered Species Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 7 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Conservation planning
  • IUCN Red List
  • Protected areas
  • Threatened species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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