Acknowledgements

All of IUCN’s Red Listing processes rely on the willingness of scientists to contribute and pool their collective knowledge to make the most reliable estimates of species status. Without their enthusiastic commitment  to species conservation, this kind of assessment project would not be possible. Those scientists are the authors of the various chapters in this report, and are the contributors to the species IUCN Red List assessments that have been completed for this project. These are; Dr Randal Brummett (WorldFish, Cameroon), Alex Nicanor Mbe Tawe (WorldFish, Cameroon), Cyrille Dening Touokong (Cameroon), Prof. Gordon McGregor Reid (UK), Dr Jos Snoeks (Belgium), Dr Melanie Stiassny (USA), Tuur Moelants (Belgium), Victor Mamonekene (Republic of Congo), Boniface Ndodet (Central Africa Republic), Séraphin Ndey Bibuya Ifuta  (Democratic Republic of Congo), Alex Chilala (Zambia), Raoul Monsembula (Democratic Republic of Congo), Armel Ibala Zamba (Republic of Congo), Opoye Opoye Itoua (Republic of Congo), Dr Ian Harrison (UK), Victor Pouomogne  (Republic of Congo), Dr Aslak Jørgensen (Denmark), Hannah Brett (UK), Rachael Riddick (UK), Helen Lockwood (UK), Dr Dan Graf (USA), Dr Thomas Kristensen (Denmark), Dr Mary Seddon (UK), Dr Dirk van Damme  (Belgium), Dr Klaas- Douwe Dijkstra (Netherland), Dr Jens Kipping (Germany), Kai Schütte (Germany), Dr Gabriel Ameka (Ghana), Dr Martin Cheek (UK), Dr Jean-Paul Ghogue (Cameroon), Thomas Nzabi (Gabon), Jean Michel Onana (Cameroon), Peguy Tchouto (Cameroon), and Prof. Neil Cumberlidge (UK). Dr Mike Lock (UK) assisted with the review of the Xyridaceae assessments.

Species distribution maps were digitised using GIS  by the above assessors, the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit, and Joseph Woods. All analysis was carried out by the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit with the kind assistance of Vineet Katariya. The review  workshop was coordinated in Yaoundé, in June 2008, by Dr Randall Brummett, WorldFish, with invaluable assistance from Monique Tegantchouang (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – Cameroon). The  workshop was hosted by IUCN’s Bureau Regional de l’Afrique Centrale et Ouest (BRACO), with valuable assistance from the following personnel; Bihini Won Musiti, Joseph Bakakoula, and Anny Bandoma. Workshop  facilitation was provided by David Allen, Kevin Smith, Dr William Darwall; Dr Helen Temple, Julie Griffin and Caroline Pollock from the IUCN Global Species Programme. Additional species research was undertaken in a  voluntary capacity by Joseph Woods and Jennifer Taylor. We would like to thank Simon Blyth from UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, for GIS mapping support.

We would like to thank the  publisher, NatureBureau, for the typesetting and proof reading they provided. We are grateful to the administrative staff of IUCN in Cambridge, Gland and Cameroon who have worked tirelessly with all project reporting and financial issues.

This project has been carried out with financial support from the European Union under grant Contract: EuropeAid/ENV/2004-81917. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.

Additional funds to support the participation of fish experts from Central African countries was received from the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands through their Ecosystem Grants Programme grant to IUCN’s Freshwater Fish Specialist Group and the North of England Zoological Society, Chester Zoo, UK. We are grateful to Prof. Reid and staff at Chester Zoo for their assistance.