Case Studies

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We would like to add more case studies of National and Regional Red Lists.  If you have recently been involved in Red List project that either went well or suffered problems you suspect may be common to many Red List efforts, do get in touch.  As the network grows, we hope to be able to showcase a variety of project sizes, taxa and country contexts through our case studies.

Mongolia’s Red List of Mammals, published 2006

Mongolian mammal populations have been experiencing declines after the past several decades of rapid social and economic change.  In order to develop a better understanding of the conservation status of these species and to identify the required conservation measures, a Red List of Mongolian mammals was created.  The assessments were carried out by over 70 of the world’s leading experts on Mongolian mammals at the 3-day Mongolian Biodiversity Databank workshop in Oct-Nov 2005.  Of the 128 native species that were assessed:

Category Percentage
Regionally Extinct (RE) 1%
Critically Endangered (CR) 2%
Endangered (EN) 11%
Vulnerable (VU) 3%
Near Threatened (NT) 6%
Least Concern (LC) 40%
Data Deficient (DD) 37%

As the charts above show, the Red List highlighted that certain taxonomic groups were disproportionately threatened.  For example, 78% of Mongolian ungulate species (Artiodactyla and Perissiodactyla) were categorised as threatened, while only 12% of carnivores and 12 % of rodents were found to be threatened.  When the threatened species were mapped (see map, below), it became apparent that they were concentrated in two regions: in the north, corresponding to the area of highest species richness, and in the southwest around the Dzungarian Gobi and Trans-Altai Gobi Deserts.

The distribution of threatened mammals in Mongolia. Darker red represents areas with a greater number of threatened mammal species.