The IUCN Red List provides sound and scientifically credible knowledge on a species’ taxonomic status and relative risk of extinction, and can therefore assist countries in identifying species most in need of conservation attention. For a region known for its biodiversity hotspots, data and taxonomic expertise are often lacking in the Pacific islands.

Regional governments and NGOs have recognised the need for reliable and quality data on species, in order to conserve biodiversity at local and regional levels. There is therefore strong regional support for updating and improving information contained in the Red List as a foundation for successful conservation work in Oceania.