About rondinini

Research Scientist, Sapienza Università di Roma

Carlo’s talk on SDG 15 at Brescia’s Teatro Grande

Carlo Rondinini gave a public talk (in Italian) on SDG 15 “Life on Land” at Teatro Grande in Brescia, near Milan, on January 21. The talk was introduced by Prof. Roberta Pedrazzani and is part of a series of talks organized by the University of Brescia.

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Upcoming conference participation

In May, recent and ongoing research activities of the GMA lab will be presented at three conferences. Carlo Rondinini will make a plenary speech on “Global modelling for mammal conservation” at the 10th Ecology and Behaviour Meeting (12-16 May, Montpellier, FR) and a presentation on “Effectiveness of African protected areas for the conservation of large mammals” at the Symposium on Remote Sensing for Conservation, organized by the Zoological Society of London (22-23 May, London, UK). Luca Santini and Michela Pacifici will present several oral and poster contributions at the IX Congresso Italiano di Teriologia (7-10 May 2014, Civitella Alfedena, IT). More info on the Congress websites:

10th Ecology and Behaviour Meeting:

Symposium on Remote Sensing for Conservation:

IX Congresso Italiano di Teriologia:

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Update or outdate: Long-term viability of the IUCN Red List

Rondinini, C., Di Marco, M., Visconti, P., Butchart, S.M., Boitani, L. (2013) Update or outdate: long-term viability of the IUCN Red List. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/conl.12040

Abstract. It is estimated that the global yearly expenditure on biodiversity conservation
action exceeds one billion U.S. dollars. One of the key tools for prioritizing conservation actions is the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information on the global extinction risk of species (covering ca. 60,000 as of today). While IUCN’s vision is to increase the taxonomic coverage of the Red List, no adequate plan exists to keep it up to date. As species assessments become outdated after 10 years under IUCN rules, our simulations reveal that with the limited budget currently available for reassessment, most of the Red Listing effort may be wasted soon. Indeed, 17% of the species’ assessments are already outdated. To minimize the budget needed to keep assessments up to date in the Red
List, we propose a mixed strategy of online reassessments and budget growth. We show that largely replacing workshops with online consultations is a more sustainable strategy that would save U.S. $2.8 million per year (35% of the budget). Sharing the cost of such a strategy among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries (U.S. $156,000 per country per year) would ensure that the multimillion dollar spending based on the Red List remains effective in the long term.