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A Training of Trainers on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in West Asia was organized by the RBG and IUCN in January 2011.
The five-day training course took place at the Dead Sea, from January 17 to 21, under the patronage of Jordan's Minister of Environment. This was a first for the region.
Over 30 people took part, from governmental and nongovernmental organizations in Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.
The participants built skills and became qualified to train more people. This means a whole army of Red List specialists is now being trained, not only in Jordan, but throughout the region.
What is the Red List?
The IUCN Red List is the most comprehensive information source on the conservation status of plants, fungi and animals all over the globe.
Founded in 1963 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), its official name is the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
A series of Regional Red Lists are produced by countries or organizations, so that local assessments of the risk of extinction to species can be performed in the field.
The IUCN Red List in Jordan and the Region
The Red List involves more than merely drawing up a list of plant and animal names. It is the starting point for environmental recovery programmes whose ultimate aim is to take species off of the recovery list.
The Royal Botanic Garden believes it is extremely important to firmly establish this work in Jordan and nearby countries, as the scientific knowledge provided by the Red List can be used by decision makers for better planning of projects, in harmony with the environment and for the benefit for nature and people.
At present, there is a lot of data deficiency for the flora of Jordan and the region. The RBG therefore decided to work with the IUCN on an action plan strategy to fill in the missing information and update the threat levels for all indigenous species.
The Royal Botanic Garden therefore invited the IUCN to hold a workshop for botanists in Amman in July 2010. Later that year, on September 28, the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The RBG is now collaborating closely to expand the IUCN Red List programme in Jordan, develop conservation projects, and encourage the equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources across the region, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort.