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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.

Several efforts have been made to assess the risk of ecosystem collapse in Asian territory. In 2012, Guoke Chen and Keping Ma published the research paper “Criteria and methods for assessing the threat status of ecosystems”available in Biodiversity Science. This article illustrates the application of the Red List of Ecosystems categories and criteria to assess the threat status of four ecosystems in Liaohe Delta, China, in 1988 and 2006. Likewise, it addresses the challenges to be faced regarding the application of this assessment method.


More recently, in May and July 2015, two reviews of the protocol of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems were published. The first, “IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: a new tool for biodiversity conservation” was published by Zhu Chao et al. in the journal Acta Ecologica Sinica, and it mainly highlights the history of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and the opportunities that, according to the authors, this method may have nationally. On the other hand, Wan-Jiun Chen published in Nature Conservation “The Red List of Ecosystems. An assessment of ecosystem health”, an article that translates to Chinese the main ideas and foundations of the RLE protocol published in the article of Keith et al. (2013).

Moreover, in June 2015 , the First World Forum on Ecosystem Governance began in Guiyang, Province of Guizhou, China. This event was initiated with a series of High Level Consultations, which will be followed by a Young Professionals’ Academy and Technical Roundtable Discussions , which will take place in October 2015. In the framework of these activities, the RLE team will conduct a training workshop on the application of the criteria and categories for assessing the risk of collapse of ecosystems, which will target national researchers.

Thus it is evidenced that the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems IUCN is a global standard tool that continues to arouse the interest of the scientific community around the world. Consequently, its application is growing, allowing the support of assessments of the risk of ecosystem collapse and their conservation at different scales. 



Provita Aug 14, 2015


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