The Botanical Gardens of Malaga hosted the first workshop of experts to evaluate current knowledge and develop the Red List of butterflies in the Mediterranean according to IUCN Red List criteria and categories. 

From 25 to 28 February, more than 30 experts from academic and scientific fields from 19 countries participated in the workshop and evaluating existing information about 400 species of butterflies in the Mediterranean region. Nearly 9% of butterflies are threatened in Europe and the recent data suggests that one third of Europe's butterflies are in decline.

The main threat to butterflies is loss of habitat or habitat connectivity caused by changes in agricultural practices either through intensification or land abandonment. Other major threats include climate change, the frequency and intensity of fires and the development of tourism. Proper habitat management would improve the conservation status of these valuable species.

The workshop, organized by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) was inaugurated by the Councilor of the Department of Environment and Sustainable Development of the city of Malaga, Ana Navarro, and the Director of IUCN-Med, Antonio Troya.

More information:IUCN-Med Species Programme

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