In 2003 the Mediterranean short-beaked common dolphin "subpopulation" was listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals, based on criterion A2.
This criterion refers to a 50% decline in abundance over the last three generations, the causes of which "may not have ceased or may not be understood or may not be reversible".
The event will focus on current status and trends of the species in the Mediterranean Sea in order to:
- assess the species under the IUCN Red List criteria;
- share scientific information and methodologies between research groups;
- enhance conservation efforts, locally and internationally;
- define a platform for launching new partnerships.