Assessing the cost of biodiversity conservation

Barbary macaque endangered primate face close upPenny Langhammer, research associate with the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO), is co-author of a recent study titled “Assessing the Cost of Global Biodiversity and Conservation Knowledge.” The study looks at the financial cost and importance of compiling and delivering global conservation knowledge products. Among these knowledge banks is The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species™, which recently welcomed ASU-CBO as its ninth global partner. The Red List is the world’s standard for quantifying species extinction risk, comprising over 80,000 species. According to the study's authors, “Ensuring that biodiversity and conservation knowledge products are sufficiently up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate is fundamental to informing decision-making for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.”