Thank you all very much for volunteering your time and expertise for the upcoming Red List Assessment workshop, to be convened by the Global Marine Species Assessment – an initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The aim of this workshop is to complete Red List Assessments for specific marine species groups using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria as part of the Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA).
If you are not familiar with the Red Listing Process, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (attached in full and in summary). The Red List documents are also available in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese. Please note that the assessment process will be explained in detail on the first day of the workshop.
Red List Assessment workshops rely on experts like you who have contributed their time and effort to assess key marine species groups, in recognition of such efforts; we try to get our experts out to exotic locations, with past workshops held in Fiji, Bali, Palau, Philippines, Bahamas, etc. MBU members in charge of workshop preparations will be in touch regarding specific dates and workshop venue. In addition, the species list and workshop agenda will be provided in subsequent communications.
The MBU will cover all costs of travel, accommodation and food for each participant while at the workshop.
We typically contact our travel agent to arrange flights. Attached is a participant travel information document that you would need to fill out so we can send travel preferences to our travel agent. If you opt to pay for your travels, we can reimburse your expenses after you send us the invoice of your travel arrangements. We also reimburse fuel fees, bus/train, taxis – any form of transportation to and from the workshop. Please note that as a rule, IUCN can only pay for economy class tickets.
The MBU will cover costs for visa services, should there be a requirement for selected workshop locations. MBU members in charge of workshop preparations will coordinate visa arrangements prior to the workshops.
For participants that need to file reimbursement claims for internal travel costs, please send a copy of your invoice and any numbered, scanned receipts, along with the IUCN expense claim form. Please make sure to provide current address and banking information (we will reimburse by direct deposit in USD, AUD and CHF).
At the Workshop
Workshops typically last 4-5 days from 9am-5pm, but can sometimes last longer, depending on the volume of species, and, the type of information associated with the species groups (i.e., commercial species or data intensive species groups will typically take longer to assess than Least Concern or Data Deficient species). Participants will work in groups to complete species assessments. Species accounts are stored on the IUCN Species Information System Database (SIS), this is an online system that the facilitators will be projecting and adding additional information gathered at the workshop.
Upon reviewing all pertinent information for each species, the group will then select the appropriate assessment category and the criteria that may apply to the species. It is important that we justify why the species has been assigned to the particular category. The purpose of the Red List Rationale is to act as a concise stand-alone summary, briefly summarizing the main evidence, i.e., like an abstract for the whole species assessment.
We encourage you to bring all pertinent materials to the workshop in digital (e.g. pdf or other) format. As some exotic locations don’t have internet available during workshops, please have all of your materials ready prior to coming to the meeting.
We typically have one ‘fun’ day during the workshop week, depending on where we are, activities include: SCUBA diving, snorkeling, island hopping, or visiting remarkable natural parks/monuments. MBU workshop coordinators will be in touch with the specifics of the trip.
Thank you very much for your attention. We appreciate your assistance and look forward to meeting you all at the workshop. Should you have any questions regarding the upcoming Red List workshop or the Red Listing Process, please contact: Beth Polidoro, Heather Harwell, Mia Comeros.