Assessment of IUCN Red List Status of Freshwater Fishes from Selected Northeast States of India
Only 520 freshwater fish species were assessed by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from the Eastern Himalayan region a decade ago while approximately 40-50% of fish species in Northeastern India have not yet been evaluated. The assessments of the Red List have become officially out of date with an elapse of 10 years. Their reassessments are crucial for determining the biodiversity trends and as such, the time lag in the reassessment of freshwater species in Northeastern India may pose an unacceptable risk of hindering conservation responses.
Against this backdrop, a 2-day training workshop on assessment of the IUCN Red List Status of freshwater fishes from select Northeast States of India was organised by Department of Zoology, Manipur University under the NERAQ project on 21-22 March 2023. More than 30 experts, scientists, researchers, academia, from different parts of India participated in the event which included practical sessions and exercises for the assessors to learn methodology on extinction risk assessments.
This was first in the series of workshops through which the assessments will be carried out during 2023. NERAQ Project is currently planning for assessment of IUCN Red List Categories in four project states (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland) using criteria mentioned in regional guidelines of the IUCN system.
March 21-22, 2023
Dr. Shaikhom Inaotombi Singh