Monocotyledon plants assessment workshop, 14-18 December 2015, Montpellier (France)

The IUCN Centre of Mediterranean Cooperation in collaboration with the IUCN Global Species Programme is organizing a 5-day workshop to establish an IUCN Red List of Monocotyledon Plants for the Mediterranean region. This workshop, the first out of three held in the framework of this initiative,  will be hosted by UMR AMAP « botAnique et bioinforMatique de l’Architecture des Plantes» and will take place at the CIRAD in Montpellier.  

Dactylorhiza iberica

This assessment will review the conservation status of approximately 500 Monocotyledon Plants, belonging to the North-Western Mediterranean and to the Balkans, according to the IUCN regional Red Listing guidelines. It will identify those species that are threatened with extinction at the regional level – in order to take appropriate conservation actions to improve their status.

The purpose of the workshop is to review and complete, with the collaboration of plant experts from leading scientific institutions, the information and distribution map for each species, and then apply the IUCN Red List Criteria to evaluate the relative extinction risk of Mediterranean monocots.

Developing Mediterranean Red Lists for these species groups will provide a comprehensive overview of their extinction risk and distributions in the Mediterranean, and will contribute to guiding policy decisions and conservation actions. These new assessments will supplement the existing Mediterranean Red Lists and will provide a detailed picture of the status of biodiversity in the Mediterranean region, thus, contributing to making the Mediterranean Red List a Barometer of Life.

The IUCN Red List assessment workshop of Mediterranean Monocotyledon Plants is a conservation initiative funded by the MAVA foundation.

This Regional Red List workshop is part of an important regional initiative to conduct comprehensive extinction risk assessments of the more than 2,500 species of invertebrates and plants that occur in the Mediterranean region (more info about the initiative HERE).

For further information, please contact: Violeta Barrios

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