04/12/2017 IUCN Red List Assessment in the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden
Through the Strategic Ecosystem Management of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Project (SEM), the Regional organization for the Conservation of  the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) has organized a Regional Training Workshop on the IUCN Red List Assessment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.  The workshop took place at PERSGA HQ in Jeddah” during the period December 4th -7th 2017. 
The training workshop was attended by about 25 participants representing different National authorities and agencies concerned with biodiversity and the protection of the marine ecosystems from PERSGA member states. 

The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species and their links to livelihoods. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change - critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. 
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is important because it allows us to evaluate the risk of extinction for any given species, providing open-source data that can be used for research, funding, and conservation prioritization.  For each assessed species, The IUCN Red List provides information on population size and trends; geographic range and habitat needs. To date more than 76,000 species have been assessed with more than 22,000 at risk of extinction. 
This training workshop was therefore seen as a first step towards building PERSGA’s capacity to undertake its own regional Red List assessments of species, using the latest, globally accepted and best methodologies.
 The duration and content of the workshop was mainly concerned on to learn about preparing regional or national Red List assessments, the four day workshop typically covered the following topics:
Introduction to IUCN and the IUCN Red List
Terms used in the IUCN Red List Criteria and their definitions
Data quality and uncertainty
IUCN Red List Categories
IUCN Red List Criteria
Assessing the global Red List status of species for publication on the IUCN Red List
Assessing the status of species within a specific area for publication in regional or national Red Lists
Supporting information requirements for IUCN Red List assessments
Mapping standards for IUCN Red List assessments
Red List data storage and management: the IUCN Species Information Service (SIS)
The main objectives of this workshop were:
understanding the Red List assessment process
preparing high-quality assessments using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria
preparing high-quality assessments for publication on the IUCN Red List
to understand how to prepare high-quality extinction risk assessments using the IUCN Red List methodology.
building IUCN’s capacity as a leader in biodiversity knowledge and training

The main outputs of this workshop were:
Participants were provided with necessary background knowledge on the Red List assessment process 
Trainees learned how to prepare high-quality assessments using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria
Trainers from PERSGA Region trained on the basics of red listing.
Trainees learned a range of techniques that can be used to collect data on the distribution, status and population size of marine species.
The workshop also served to facilitate valuable discussions on the many challenges facing marine species conservation and sustainable management.
The training workshop created opportunities for networking among IUCN members in PERSGA region, to exchange experiences and share best practices on nature and biodiversity conservation.
Tow certified program officers from the IUCN were the trainers of this workshop and both consultant are expert in the field of marine biodiversity.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden