Current projects – IUCN–ECCB European Red List project

The ECCB worked on a new Red List for Europe over a four-year period between 2016 and 2019. The project led by IUCN and supported by EU LIFE funding (LIFE14 PRE BE 001 Establishing a European Red List of Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Saproxylic Beetles, Terrestrial Molluscs and Vascular Plants). The Associated Beneficiaries were the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic and ArtDatabanken from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. See the official project website  for a full list of donors and for further information. The entire European bryophyte flora was assessed against the IUCN criteria to produce threat categories for all species. The work was distributed throughout Europe and draft assessments, produced by a small number of ECCB assessors/co-ordinators, were discussed at a series of regional workshop meetings. The project was implemented in collaboration with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, with Bryophyte Specialist Group Red List Authority Co-ordinator, Ariel Bergamini, playing a key role in the assessment review process. A final Red List was published by IUCN in 2019. Nick Hodgetts (ECCB Chair) was Project Advisor.  The flora was divided on an approximately regional basis. The following list shows this division, with numbers of species and the names of the regional assessors/co-ordinators:​

A spreadsheet listing the allocation of species can be downloaded here. The updated European checklists and country status for liverworts, hornworts and mosses  in excel format also can be downloaded (2020 versions). 


Pictures from training meeting of IUCN-ECCB European Red List project, Paris, France

Ana Nieto, IUCN Project coordinator

  Elvira Baisheva,  Ariel Bergamini,  Patrizia Campisi,  Annalena Cogoni,  Tomas Hallingbäck,  Neil Lockhart,  Marko Sabovjević,  Norbert Schnyder, Manuela Sim-Sim