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Measuring Global Trends in the Status of Biodiversity

Summary: Measuring Global Trends
in the Status of Biodiversity:
Red List Indices for Birds
Stuart H. M. Butchart1*
, Alison J. Stattersfield1
, Leon A. Bennun1
, Sue M. Shutes1
, H. Resit AkcŞakaya2
Jonathan E. M. Baillie3
, Simon N. Stuart4
, Craig Hilton-Taylor5
, Georgina M. Mace3
1 BirdLife International, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2 Applied Biomathematics, Setauket, New York, United States of America, 3 Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of
London, London, United Kingdom, 4 CI/CABS-IUCN/SSC Biodiversity Assessment Unit, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International, Washington,
District of Columbia, United States of America, 5 IUCN Red List Programme, IUCN/SSC United Kingdom Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom
The rapid destruction of the planet's biodiversity has prompted the nations of the world to set a target of achieving a
significant reduction in the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. However, we do not yet have an adequate way of
monitoring progress towards achieving this target. Here we present a method for producing indices based on the IUCN
Red List to chart the overall threat status (projected relative extinction risk) of all the world's bird species from 1988 to


Source: Akšakaya, H. Resit - Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology