After a lengthy delay, still no green light for Sri Lanka’s red list

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  • The rediscovery in recent years of species long thought to be extinct has sparked calls by scientists for an update of Sri Lanka’s red list of threatened species.
  • The current list is based on assessments from 2012, and a scheduled update in 2017 was missed because of procedural delays and resource constraints.
  • Conservationists have also called for the red-listing criteria used in Sri Lanka to be consistent with the global guidelines set out by the IUCN, in order to ensure consistency in conservation efforts.
  • They also want more species recovery initiatives based on the national red list, to make better use of the data to optimize conservation efforts.

freshwater crab – 50 out of 51 freshwater crabs found in Sri Lanka are Endemic (c) Nadika Hapuarachchie

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