IUCN provides formal training to European countries to assist them in stepping up efforts to assess their biodiversity and use the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ as a basis for policy and conservation action.
Training is focused on the use of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria for National and Regional Red Lists. These lists help regions and countries monitor the status of their biodiversity and identify those species or ecosystems most in need of conservation attention, providing a practical means of translating this information into national policies with effective solutions.
The IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria were developed primarily for application at the global level. Using these criteria to assess non-endemic species at the regional or national level can result in inaccurate listings; this is especially problematic when assessments of extinction risk are linked to conservation priority-setting schemes.
As a result, IUCN formulated a set of regional guidelines for applying the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria at regional levels. These guidelines take into account the fact that in a regional assessment, only a portion of a species global range (and thus only a portion of its global population) is evaluated.
An ever-increasing number of regional Red List assessments are based on the current IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (version 3.1), published in 2001, applied together with the IUCN regional guidelines.
The training is mainly delivered through workshops, and training materials include guidance documents, presentations and case studies that facilitate understanding and application of the IUCN Red List methodology.
Training in European countries is delivered by IUCN Europe in cooperation with the IUCN Red List Unit.