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 regional overview would not be possible. Those scientists are the authors of the various chapters in this report. We would also like to thank Jos Snoeks and Wendy Foden who also helped greatly in the peer review of the assessments.

The species distribution maps were digitized through the combined efforts of the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit and Willem Coetzer from SAIAB (fishes), Thomas K. Kristensen and Anna-Sofie Stensgaard from the Mandahl-Barth Research Centre for Biodiversity and Health (molluscs), Frank Suhling from Technische Universität Braunschweig (odonates), Jens Kipping of BioCart (odonates) and John Simaika from University of Stellenbosch (odonates), UNEP-WCMC and IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit (crabs) and Wendy Foden from SANBI (plants). For the fishes, crabs, molluscs and odonata the maps were then further edited at the evaluation workshop. We are grateful to Mark Denil who designed the base maps for the species distribution and species richness maps. Nicola Terry very kindly produced the attached CD holding all data for the project.

Workshop training was provided by Craig Hilton-Taylor, Caroline Pollock, Kevin Smith and William Darwall. Technical support to the workshops was provided by Jerraleigh Kruger and Sally Terry. Workshop venues were kindly provided by Rhodes University and the Nature Conservation Office, Jonkershoek. Jane Stockwell provided extensive logistical services and financial management support to the project principal and team.

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. Co-funding for this part of the project was provided by the IUCN Water and Nature Initiative (WANI), the South Africa Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), and the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).