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China towards the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems continues growing internationally, this time in Asian territory. In recent communications between Chinese researchers and members of the RLE Team, China’s interest in applying the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria was once again shown.

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: an ally in nature valuation

A new article about the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems has been recently published in the book "Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services". It is based on the presentations carried out during the Valuing Nature Symposium held on July 21st and 22nd, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.      

The special number of June of Austral Ecology dedicated to IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is already available

The June 2015 edition of the Austral Ecology journal was dedicated to the risk assessments with the application of the protocol of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems in environments of the world. The invited editor was researcher David Keith, who is coleaders, along with Jon Paul Rodriguez, the group thematic of the Red List of Ecosystems in the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM).   

A Practical Guide for to Application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Criteria

On January, 15th, 2015 Rodriguez and his collaborators presented a new contribution on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystem: the article “A practical Guide to the Application of the UICN Red List of Ecosystems Criteria” on the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B journal. Such article is based on the version 2.0 of the Categories and Criteria of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, but contrary to the previous articles (Rodríguez et al. 2011Keith et al. 2013), it was thought as a practical guide for those professionals who wish to broadly implement this risk evaluation protocol of ecosystems in terrestrial, maritime, fluvial and subterranean environments on sub-national, national or regional levels. In the article, the best practices for such evaluations were summarized which warrant methodological accuracy on the risk estimation, the process standardization, the decreasing of uncertainty and the comparison among ecosystems throughout time.

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems – Paths of progress

Since May 2014, the categories and criteria underpinning the Red List of Ecosystems have been officially recognized and adopted by the IUCN as a global standard for assessing the risks to ecosystems. It is expected that this tool, along with other IUCN knowledge products such as the Red List of Threatened Species and the World Database on Protected Areas, will become an ideal complement for the implementation of environmental and conservation policies. Risk assessment takes into account the ecosystems’ key processes, their biotic and abiotic elements, their distribution and menacing factors as well as their variations and impact on the structure, functionalities and ecosystem services. The idea of establish IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) has circulated since the 80’s. However, the defining moment did not come until 2004 when a specific proposal was presented during the III World Conservation Congress. By 2009, the RLE Thematic Group had been formed within the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) with the aim of developing a research agenda on the subject, testing the methodology and making it known around the world. Since the adoption of resolution 4.020, “Quantitative thresholds for categories and criteria of threatened ecosystems”, at the 4th World Conservation Congress, held in Barcelona, 2008, and resolution 5.055, “Consolidation of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems”, at the 5th World Conservation Congress, held in Jeju, 2012, the Red List of Ecosystems consultations have reached thousands of experts in 20 countries. Moreover, through its website, launched on 2012, the Red List of Ecosystems has spread over most parts of the globe. By keeping up the pace, we aim to assess the conservation status of the world’s terrestrial, freshwater, marine and subterranean ecosystems by 2025, creating thus the first IUCN Red List of Ecosystems of the World. This methodology has, without a doubt, an enormous potential and has been widely praised from the outset but, like any other tool, it is going through a natural and necessary process of refinement sustained by research, testing and implementation. It remains nonetheless available and useful as a resource for decision-making. A detailed timeline of the progress of the initiative is available in the document The Red List of Ecosystems (RLE). A Summary Briefing Note of Progress to Date    

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