As part of the Bangladesh Forest Department project entitled "Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection" funded by The World Bank, IUCN Bangladesh has implemented a sub-project during December’ 13 to June’16 to reduce the current knowledge gap of conservation and risk of existing species status by revising the previous Red List for Bangladesh which was published in 2000.
The current updating process is of significant importance due to the facts that it has 1) filled the past 15 years' assessment gap for Bird, Fish, Mammal, Amphibian and Reptile species in Bangladesh and their conservation status, 2) adjusted the national Red List taking into account the global change in IUCN Red List assessment guideline, 3) extended the Species Red List of Bangladesh by the two important animal groups Crustaceans and Butterflies, and 4) included the conservation status and risk of extinction status of several newly discovered species. In the 30 months' assessment process, members of the IUCN Global Species Programme, Species Survival Commission, IUCN Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Forest Department officials, officials from the Department of Fisheries, national universities, research institutes, as well as scientists, conservationists, species specialists, partner organizations and other government agencies worked closely to ensure most accurate information and analysis of the most current status, trends and threats to wildlife species in Bangladesh.
Total 1619 species have been assessed and updated from seven animal groups and published in seven volumes.
IUCN is implementing its flagship project titled “Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh” as a sub-project component of the “Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection Project” of the Bangladesh Forest Department funded by The World Bank since December 2013. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized.