This is the 10th such Centre in the world and the first in South Asia.
The Centre will provide a platform for conservationists to network and share best practices while contributing to species status assessments using the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
This will go a long way in highlighting the species recovery efforts in India and act as a bridge between the national and international conservation efforts.
For India which is home to several important and endangered species, the need for such a Centre had become more imperative and crucial than ever.
Elaborating about the Centre’s role, the official spokesperson of Wildlife Trust of India said that the Centre ‘will contribute immensely to species status assessments by using IUCN Red List of Threatened Species; to provide training and support for species assessments in India; and to catalyse the SSC members in India to engage with assessment, planning and action efforts for Indian species, including exploring the possibility of forming an India Species Specialist Group.’
The spokesperson added that it will also aid to ‘address gaps in species assessments for species Red Lists and to ensure that these assessments are aligned, where possible, between national and Global IUCN Red Lists.’
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