The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) is currently leading a Global Ebony Assessment (GEA) which aims to assess and improve the conservation status of all Diospyros species worldwide. Among other objectives, GEA aims to complete red listing of the ebonies through a series of workshops and consultations with international timber organizations to assess the global exploitation and international trade in ebony.

MBG and Central African Plant Red List Authority, as part of the GEA, will coordinate a workshop on Diospyros IUCN Red List assessment which will take place in June 2017 at CBI. The workshop will be part of the continuing effort of CBI for the implementation of a sustainable model of ebony production and conservation.