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RLE's website turns two!

To celebrate the website's 2nd anniversary, RLE highlights its top 5 most visited publications since 2016

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website offers our 24,780+ readers a wide variety of information covering a large array of topics and it would be impossible to highlight all those publications which have impacted our audience the most. In this list, made in honor of our site’s second anniversary, we do not aim to capture the whole breadth of the spectrum but instead, we focus on our most visited Top 5.

We begin our review with About RLE / Red List of Ecosystems (website section), where we refer to RLE as a global standard with the goal of involving the global population in contributing to assess all of the world’s ecosystems by 2025. Interest in 'getting to know RLE' is also reflected in visits to the Guidelines for the application of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria (version 1.1), where authors offer an updated version of IUCN´s framework for assessing the conservation status of ecosystems.

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is expected to have a significant impact on what we know about our planet's ecosystems. In fact, we aim to generate a changing image, like a film, of the evolution of the ecosystems threats and promoting their recovery in response to conservation measures and public policy. Our latest and amply used technological development, Remap: the remote ecosystem monitoring and assessment tool, helps advance this goal by allowing users with a little background on remote sensing to design high-quality ecosystem maps for any location on Earth which can then be shared with RLE. While Resources / Published assessments (website section), offers our audience a continued stream of information regarding the most recently assessed ecosystems around the world. Assessments all completed using IUCN´s RLE Categories and Criteria.

We finish these Top 5 with Antarctica, climate change, and the biological answer: A new green continent, an article which reminds us not only that scientific support for the human influence on climate change has been increasing since global warming was first discovered, but also that research on climate change and its effects on humans and the natural world have diversified and increased right along with it.

The impact of our website can be quantified in many ways. With this list, however, we limit ourselves to providing only a small selection of publications as an open invitation to explore the wider IUCN Red List of Ecosystems content.


Written by: Clara Gómez

Style and Format: Clara Gómez


Provita Mar 16, 2018


IUCN Red List of Ecosystems


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