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The European Red List is a review of the status of European species according to the IUCN regional Red Listing guidelines. It identifies those species that are threatened with extinction at the European level (Pan-Europe and the European Union) so that appropriate conservation action can be taken to improve their status.


Funded by the European Commission since 2006, through a mix of funding schemes, the European Red List is compiled by IUCN’s Global Species Programme in collaboration with the Species Survival Commission and other partners and experts. To date 15,060 species have been assessed on the European Red List including all invertebrate species, such as all dragonflies, all butterflies, all bees, all grasshoppers, crickets and bush-crickets, and saproxylic beetles.


To know more about the European Red List Initiative please consult IUCN’s webpage.


The compilation of information to produce the European Red List of Hoverflies is currently ongoing, and by the end of 2020 the European Commission will be kick-starting the European Red List of Moths and European Red List of Taxonomists.

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