Before undertaking Red List assessments using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (IUCN 2012a, available in several languages), users are advised to consult the IUCN Red List website for detailed information about the assessment process. An online IUCN Red List training course is also freely available.

Assessment of the threatened status of species using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (IUCN 2012a) is essentially a four to five-step process:

  1. Collate and document data for each taxon.
  2. (Undertake remedial studies).
  3. Evaluate the taxon against the IUCN Red List criteria.
  4. Collate relevant information about populations of the species in neighbouring countries and apply the IUCN Red List regional criteria, if the taxon is being assessed at regional level (e.g. national assessments of non-endemic species).
  5. Submit global assessments to IUCN for publication.

The Interactive Toolkit for Crop Wild Relative Conservation Planning was developed within the framework of the SADC CWR project www.cropwildrelatives.org/sadc-cwr-project (2014-2016),
which was co-funded by the European Union and implemented through ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Science and Technology (S&T II) by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
Grant agreement no FED/2013/330-210.