The Malawi National Red List Working Group, Salima, 2021.

Malawi working group sets national biodiversity protection priorities

The Malawi National Red List Working Group, comprised of both scientists and decision-making institutions, convened in Salima, Malawi from 12-15 October to produce the first national Red List assessments from data mobilized in other JRS-funded projects. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) conducted the training for 34 trainees to produce assessments within the Species Information System of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Most species had never been assessed before and were of national policy interest to Malawi. These analyses are key to revising national Key Biodiversity Areas and setting national restoration and protection priorities.

This milestone falls under our project with SANBI to connect biodiversity scientists with planning and regulatory decision-making processes in Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, and South Africa. Find out more about this work at African Biodiversity Challenge: Unlocking Decision-Data Pathways for Sustainable Development.