TRAINING SCHOOL: IUCN Red List Assessor for Threatened Plantsprint
Trainers: Malin Rivers, Emily Beech (BGCI – Botanical Garden Conservation International)
Date: 29 March – 1 April 2022
Place: Podgorica, Montenegro
Local organiser: NGO Environmental Law Center, Podgorica, Montenegro
Local contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This training school is prepared within the framework of ConservePlants COST Action (CA18201), with the support of the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism, Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro and Natural History Museum of Montenegro, and aims at training conservation practitioners and biodiversity experts in species assessment according to the IUCN categories and criteria.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the world's most comprehensive source of information on the global conservation status of animal, fungal and plant species and is a critical indicator of the state of the world's biodiversity. In order to assess the extinction risk of species and publish Red Lists for a given region, guidelines have been developed to help apply the IUCN Red List categories and criteria at the regional level. As part of the ConservePlants COST action (CA18201), we want to help improve the conservation of threatened plant species in Europe. One of the first steps to achieve this is to recognize the conservation status of regional flora.
The aim of this workshop is to provide comprehensive training for conservation practitioners and experts, especially from countries where the recognition of the conservation status of flora is not yet fully recognized.
In selecting applicants, we aim to follow the COST policy rules (geographical diversity, gender balance and empowerment of Young Researchers and Innovators). Successful applicants will receive partial reimbursement of daily allowances and the long-distance travelling costs.
All applicants should be aware of Covid19 measures and recommendations for entry and stay in Montenegro. Please consult the government website https://www.gov.me/en/article/covid-19-measures-and-recommendations or contact local organizers for more information.
Training school preliminary agenda
Day 1: 29 March, 2022
Session 1: Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop
Session 2: From Raw Data to Red List
Session 3: Key Terms and Concepts used in the Red List Criteria
Session 4: Red List Categories, Data Quality & Uncertainty
Session 5: Red List Criteria: criterion A
Session 7: Red List Criteria: criteria C, D & E
Session 8: Selecting the Final Red List Category & Criteria
Session 9: Wrap-up, Discussion and Reflections on the Day
Day 2: 30March, 2022
Session 10: Assessing species for the IUCN Red List: some examples
Session 11: Assessing species for the IUCN Red List: Endemics
Session 12: What have we learned so far?
Session 13: Using the Red List Criteria for regional Red Lists: How to Add the Regional Dimension
Session 14: Assessing species for regional Red Lists: Non-endemics
Session 15: Wrap-up, Discussion and Reflections on the Day
Day 3: 31 March, 2022
Session 16: Supporting Information for Red List assessments
Session 17: To Publish or Not to Publish?
Session 18: What have we learned so far?
Session 19: Knowledge Test
Session 20: A Bird’s Eye View: Red List Mapping Protocols
Session 21: Wrap-up, Discussion and Reflections on the Day
Day 4: 1 April, 2022
Session 22: Knowledge Test Discussion
Session 23: Data Storage – IUCN Species Information Service (SIS)
Session 24: Discovering SIS
Session 25: Assessing species for regional Red Lists
Session 26: Uses of the IUCN Red List
Session 27: Wrap-up, Discussion and Reflections on the Workshop
Venue of the meeting:
Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism - MULTIMEDIA HALL ON THE GROUND FLOOR
IV Proleterske brigade 19, 81000 Podgorica
How to reach the venue:
From the Podgorica airport: since there is no public transport like bus from the airport to the city, we would kindly suggest that you use a taxi service. The price from the airport to the city center (suggested accommodation is in the city center or rather close to it) is approximately 10 euros. However, taxi expenses are not eligible to be reimbursed under COST rules.
Official taxi carriers from the Airport are following:
- ROYAL TAXI
+382 67 019 702
- LIDER TAXI
+382 68 803 810
From the railway station: we would also suggest using taxi, since it is not expensive and is more reliable than the bus. Below please find contacts that can be used:
- Alo Taxi
Viber: +382 69/019-700
- Royal Taxi
Viber: +382 67/019 702
- Pg Taxi
Viber: +382 68/ 019 704
- De Luxe Taxi
Viber: +382 69/ 019 706
Useful links for accommodation:
- Hotels – https://podgorica.travel/en/hotels/
(The hotels closest to the building where the event will take place are
At this link you can find some touristic information about Podgorica:
All applicants should be aware of COVID-19 measures and recommendations for entry and stay in Montenegro. Please consult the government website https://www.gov.me/en/article/covid-19-measures-and-recommendations or contact local organizers for more information.