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Expertise for experts

03 March 2011 | News story

A training workshop on the IUCN Red List was organized in Belgrade, by IUCN, the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Serbia, and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia within the Environment for People in the Dinaric Arc project.

The training was organized for scientists involved in species data collection and analysis from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and FYR of Macedonia. It was conducted by Rebecca Miller, Programme Officer, IUCN Red List Unit and Ana Nieto, Regional Biodiversity Conservation Officer, IUCN Regional Office for Europe. Participants improved their general understanding on what the Red List is, how it is compiled and by whom; learned how to produce high-quality assessments and how to apply the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, and understood clearly the Red List terms and definitions. Dr Ivica Radovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of Serbia stressed the importance of the synergy of knowledge this training offers. “The training was aimed at providing experts with better understanding of the IUCN Red List and to support further development of national Red Lists in South-Eastern Europe” - Boris Erg, Director of IUCN’s Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe added. The training was supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is the most authoritative source of information on the conservation status of species in the world. It uses a set of precise criteria to evaluate the species risk of extinction of species thus assigning them one of the eight categories of threat. By knowing which species are more “in need” of protection, the red list categorization can help our decision on where to invest more conservation efforts. On the other hand it provides a benchmark against which to measure the effectiveness of conservation actions.

For further information please contact Veronika Ferdinandova, IUCN SEE.