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The Red List of Ecosystems, towards a typology of global references. London, April 2017

The King’s College of London on behalf of the PLuS Alliance will host the workshop Global Red Listing of Ecosystems on April 24th – 26th, 2017. The initiative stems from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, sponsored by the PLuS Alliance organization.

“Our purpose is to develop a globally applicable classification framework that supports the assessment of risks to ecosystems,” said Professor David Keith from the Centre of Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales. “Do we really need yet another classification of natural areas or can any existing systems suit our purpose off the shelf”, he asked.“The short answer is that most existing global classification systems are based primarily on biogeographic or bioclimatic features. Those properties are useful and important for ecosystem conservation, but we also need a system that represents ecological processes, especially those that operate at the scales of landscapes and seascapes.”

David stressed the importance of working with a global scale classification to compare and summarize the outcomes of Red List assessments for ecosystems currently underway in more than 30 countries worldwide.. IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems provides an assessment protocol designed to identify those ecosystems that are exposed to a real damaging change.

This protocol is based on five quantitative criteria that include diminished distribution, restricted distribution, environmental degradation, process disruptions and biotic interactions. A typology is necessary to encompass a full range of marine, freshwater, and  terrestrial  ecosystems – this is the Global Red List of Ecosystems’ primary target.

Development of a benchmark typology began at an international workshop held in Helsinki during 2015, and has been developed ever since as a. This reference framework will allow us to assemble ecosystems with similar processes, and support a global synthesis that enumerates the threats to ecosystems based on the IUCN’s RLE criteria.

The workshop is currently being held on London, with specialists in a wide range of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.
Participating organizations include the University of New South Wales, Arizona State University, King’s College of London, Deakin University, Center for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, British Columbia University, Oxford University, the Finnish Environment Institute, Red NatureServe, Chile University, Vienna University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Griffith University, Zoological Society of London, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Ecosystem Management Program, Provita, IUCN Species Survival Commission, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, South Africa National Parks, the Norwegian Environment Institute, Oslo University, Calgary University, Trinity College of Dublin, IUCN's Ecosystem Management Programme, Natural History Museum of London and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre are involved in this important meeting.

The workshop is supported by a PLuS Alliance sponsorship, an organization dedicated to support and promote research and development of sustainable solutions for global challenges such as health, justice, technology and innovation.

The appointment is in London from April 24th to April 26th 2017!


Written by: Marianna Collet C. 

Translation: Claudia Cayama

Provita Apr 25, 2017


IUCN Red List of Ecosystems


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