Launch of the First Regional Red List Assessment of the Kingdom of Bahrain

The regional assessment of the Kingdom of Bahrain was launched on Monday 9th January and considered the first attempt of its kind to assess the current status of selected species using the guidelines and techniques adopted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It was undertaken with the participation of a panel of national experts. The panel compiled a list of 29 priority species which they believed should be the first batch of species to be evaluated according to the IUCN Red List. 

The assessment of these selected taxa of Bahrain biodiversity reflects that marine and freshwater species in Bahrain are facing serious threats from urban development and encroachment on natural coastlines and wetlands, in addition to various other factors causing serious threats to several species. In the current document, the team has selected the cluster of different species based on thorough discussions and reviews in order to develop the first regional evaluation of these species on the national level and demonstrate their current status and the different kinds of threats they face.

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