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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    

The winners of the second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest have been announced in Sydney

 

Winners of the "first round" of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest

Between July 25th and October 5th we received and published over 200 photographs of worldwide ecosystems that belong to two categories of participation (Wild Beauty and The Changing World) through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems’ Facebook. Those who visited the facebook page during this time had the opportunity to vote for the photos of their choice, leading to a list of winners for the first round of competition. A total of 40 photographs of each of the world regions (Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) in each of the two categories (Wild Beauty and The Changing World) classified in this round:

The winners of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest will be notified on October 31st 2014

On October 31st 2014 (Caracas (UTC/GMT -4:30 h), the winners of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest will be announced by email and publicly announced through the social networks (Facebook and Twitter). Chosen participants will have the opportunity to move on to the second round of the contest in which a qualified jury will choose three (3) overall winners (first, second, and third place) for each of the contest categories (Wild Beauty and The Changing World). Furthermore, an (1) additional winner will be chosen by the assistants to the exhibition of the photos that qualified in the first round at the “Nature Based Solutions” pavillion during the IUCN World Parks Congress, to be held at Sydney, Australia from November 12th to 19th 2014. The competition winners will be announced in the “Nature-Based Solutions” pavillion on November 18th, and also through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Thanks to all the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest participants!    

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