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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Freshwater Biodiversity Unit, UK office, Cambridge

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organisation with a thematic programme dedicated to ensuring sustainable use of biodiversity (IUCN Global Species Programme), with particular expertise on freshwater biodiversity. One of the best-known products of the programme is the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM which is internationally recognised as the most authoritative measure of the threatened status of species.

The Red List Index has been adopted by CBD as one of the key indicators of change for biodiversity. The programme draws on the expertise of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) - the world’s most extensive network of biodiversity experts with over 7,000 members in 100 Specialist Groups and Task Forces. Major objectives of the Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit include assessing the status, distribution and economic/livelihood values of freshwater biodiversity globally, and the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas for species conservation - Key Biodiversity Areas are now specifically recognised within the CDB Aichi Target 11 and within the environmental safeguards guidelines for many international donors and corporations. The IUCN/SSC Species Information Service (SIS) includes a database on the status (IUCN Red List), ecology and distribution (GIS maps) of the world’s species. Comprehensive freshwater biodiversity assessments have been completed in many countries, particularly in Africa, Asia and Europe.

William Darwall

William Darwall (PhD) has over 25 years experience working on and leading collaborative research projects on the ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems in developing countries. He is currently Head of the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit (FBU). The main focus of his work includes implementation of large-scale biodiversity assessments of freshwater systems, including assessment of species threatened status for the IUCN Red List. Under Dr Darwall’s leadership since 2002 the FBU has now completed assessments for continental Africa, Europe and much of southern Asia. He has also led interdisciplinary projects bringing together the range of expertise and information sets required to help ensure the best decisions are made with respect to environmental management of wetland ecosystems.

 

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith (MSc) and David Allen (MSc) joined the IUCN FBU in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Both are aquatic ecologists with extensive experience in the collation, management and analysis (in particular using GIS) of large biodiversity datasets for freshwater ecosystems across the world. They are both highly experienced in the coordination and facilitation of expert workshops for freshwater biodiversity assessments.

Savrina Carrizo

Savrina Carrizo (PhD) joined the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit in 2012 having recently completed her PhD in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis focused on changes in the distribution and abundance of North American breeding birds. She has strong analytical skills as required to deal with the large species data sets compiled through the BioFresh project. Before joining IUCN she majored in computer science and ecology at the University of Sydney, Australia and has applied her programming/spatial analysis/statistics skills to a range of data-intensive biological and environmental problems in a research capacity as well as business-related issues in a management consultant capacity.

 

David Allen

Kevin Smith (MSc) and David Allen (MSc) joined the IUCN FBU in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Both are aquatic ecologists with extensive experience in the collation, management and analysis (in particular using GIS) of large biodiversity datasets for freshwater ecosystems across the world. They are both highly experienced in the coordination and facilitation of expert workshops for freshwater biodiversity assessments.

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