Sharing your data with the National Red List Project

The National Red List Project set out to create a 'one-stop-shop' for all things national red list. One of the core elements is the National Red List Database (NRLD) which hosts species conservation assessment data applied at sub-global levels. These include sub-national (e.g. an administrative subdivision or area within a country), national (at country level, within political borders) or regional (e.g. multiple countries or at biogeographical scale). Please note that IUCN coordinated Regional assessment projects (e.g. Europe) are hosted directly on the IUCN Red List website and are not replicated within this dataset. 


Becoming a data contributor

As a data provider you will need to agree to the Data Agreement (below) which states that you are the data owner and have the permissions to share this data and agree with its usage on the NRL website. Please also check out the page on the Terms of Use  for more details as you will need to agree with these too.

Data Agreement: "I confirm that I am the owner of all data being submitted and in submitting these data I agree to the Terms of Use. If these include plant data, I consent to them being included within the ThreatSearch database hosted by Botanic Garden Conservation International (BGCI). I consent that I may be contacted in relation to data validation purposes."

Data standards

To encourage consistency and ease when searching and using the database, each species assessment must have the following:

  • Taxonomic information for the species assessed – we require a species binomial (or infrarank or subpopulation name) and the species taxonomic authority as a minimum
  • Specifics of the assessment criteria system used to assess the species
  • The country (or locality details if as a subnational level) for which this assessment applies to 
  • The species assessment status
  • The year of the species assessment
  • Details/citation of the source publication or provenance of the assessment

If these essential data are not available, then we are unable to accommodate the assessment at this time.

Uploading the data

We recommend downloading the guidance document PDF below for details on the process:


Next, you will need our Fields explainer excel sheet for help on the terms and required data fields. The 1st tab includes a list of the data fields and descriptions to help with inputting your data. The 2nd tab has an example uploader form format with all the help fields included. Please allow some time for data checks and matching up with the NRLD fields. 

Your data can be added directly into the uploader csv file (NRLD_uploader_v20221.csv). Again, we recommend some final data checks in case of transcription errors. Once you are happy with the final dataset, save as a csv with the date and your name in the file name (Date_Firstname_Lastname_NRLD.csv).

Please note, the data upload function is in development. To submit your data, please email us ([email protected]) with the csv file, your preferred contact details and confirmation that you agree to the Data Agreement and Terms of Use. We cannot accept the data without written confirmation. 

Thank you for your submission! 

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