New Red Book of Armenia published
The second edition of the Red Book of Armenia has been published with the support of the IUCN CCC and other organizations.
The bilingual second edition of the Armenian Red Book was presented at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences on the 20th of May 2011. The presentation was attended by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, the Minister of Nature Protection Aram Harutyunyan, the President of the National Academy of Sciences Radik Martirosyan, representatives of scientific institutions and international organizations.
The Red Book consists of two volumes. The Red Book of Plants includes 452 plant species, while the Red Book of Animals features 308 species of animals and 40 species of mushrooms. In comparison with the first Red Book, published in 1988, the second edition additionally includes rare and endemic mushrooms and invertebrates of Armenia.
The Red Book is the most comprehensive information source on the conservation status of plant and animal species in Armenia. It was prepared based on an objective system for assessing the risk of extinction of a species, using the criteria of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The Red List is used as a basis for countries to step up efforts to assess their biodiversity and to design conservation action.