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The flora of the Caucasus region is remarkably diverse with about 6,300 species of vascular plants. The project is focusing on the ca. 1,600 species of plants endemic to the hotspot. The goal is elucidate their distribution areas within each of the countries in order to provide a general picture of where these species occur in the region, and to evaluate the conservation status of all the Caucasus regional endemics. The conservation assessments are based on the Categories and Criteria established by IUCN: Extinct (EX), Extinct in the Wild (EW), Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN), Vulnerable (VU), Near Threatened (NT), Least Concern (LR), and Data Deficient (DD).
The formal start date of the Project was January, 2006 and it will end in January, 2009. This Project aims to provide a series of Red List training and validation workshops specifically tailored to the Caucasian region so that local botanists are able to use internationally accepted methods for plant conservation assessment and monitoring.
Key Project Staff:
Dr. George E. Schatz (USA) – Project Supervisor, Missouri Botanical Garden. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The five Caucasian partner countries involved in the implementation of this Project are:
Armenia, Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences.
Coordinator: Dr. Kamilla Tamanyan. Email: email@example.com
Participants: Dr. George Fayvush. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Marine Oganesyan. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Anush Nersesyan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Isabella Arevtashyan. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Eleonora Gabrielyan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jirar Vardanyan. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Nazik Khandjyan. The Hrachia Acharyan University.
Azerbaijan, Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences
Coordinator: Dr. Valida Ali-zade. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants: Dr. Salim Musaev. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Vugar Kerimov. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Aida Dadasheva. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Rena Abdieva. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia, Institute of Botany, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Coordinator: Dr. Ketevan Batsatsashvili. Email: email@example.com
Participants: Dr. Revaz Gagnidze. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Shamil Shetekauri. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Zurab Manvelidze. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Russia, the Komarov Botanical Institute
Coordinator: Dr. Dmitry Geltman. Email: Geltman@mail.ru
Participants: Dr. Anatoly Mikheev. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Svetlana Litvinskaya, Kuban State University
Dr. Ramazan Murtazaliev, Mountan Botanical Garden,
Turkey, Istanbul University
Coordinator: Dr. Tuna Ekim. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants: Dr. Fatima Günes, Kafkas University, Kars.
Dr. Sema Ayaz, Karadeniz Technical University
Dr. Kamil Coskuncelebi, Karadeniz Technical University
Dr. Salih Terzioglu, Karadeniz Technical University
Dr. Ozgur Eminagaoglu, Kafkaz University, Artvin
Dr. Adil Guner, the Nezahat Botanic Garden, Istanbul
A botanical consortium from each of the five countries in the hotspot region, with additional technical support from IUCN and the Missouri Botanical Garden, are using all existing expertise to ensure that data is incorporated into the Species Information Service, using the Data Entry Module. The Consortium is able to undertake a regional review and ensure that all national and regional endemics are included in IUCN Red List.
Full species lists of regional endemics occurring in each countries of the Caucasus will be prepared in the National Centers and sent to the regional Center together with their distribution areas and taxonomic notes on problematic or otherwise notable species. Thus far, conservation assessments, including threats and recommended conservation actions for all 598 national endemics have been entered into SIS based on data provided by consultants through the National Coordinators (Armenia :105, Azerbaijan: 99; Georgia 113; Russian Federation 69; Turkey 212 species). The next step is to complete assessments of the remaining Caucasus regional endemics.
The “Red List of the Endemic Plants of the Caucasus Region ” will be published in both English and local languages, and will be available to all potential users electronically in addition to hard copy. The editor will be Dr. James Solomon - the Head of the Missouri Botanical Garden Herbarium.
This page was revised 07/10/08.
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