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Progress towards establishment of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Workshop

During the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management will gather experts to share experiences on the application of categories and criteria for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and promote the involvement of more researchers. 

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems compiles information on the state of the world ecosystems at different geographic scales. The list is gathered through the application of categories and criteria that make an assessment of the risk of collapse of ecosystems. To do this, it is necessary to quantify losses on ecosystem area and analyze evidence of degradation, loss of ecological function and other major ecosystem alterations. Categories and criteria are applicable at different scales, spatial resolutions and ecosystem types, whether they are marine, freshwater or subterranean. When used together, ecosystem and species red lists will provide the most informative indicator of the status of biological and abiotic diversity at national, regional and global levels. Therefore, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems will be of great value to a number of different sectors, such as land use planning, improvement of governance, livelihoods and macroeconomic planning. The IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management will host the “Progress towards establishment of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystem” Workshop on September 11th, during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea. The goal of this workshop is to gather the first group of “ecosystem red list assessors” to share their experiences on the application of categories and criteria in different regions of the world, different ecosystem types and contrasting institutional scenarios. This workshop will inform the attendees about the application of categories and criteria through different case studies. Participants will be able to analyze real data and learn to use resources available at the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website (http://iucnrle.org/). The workshop will also promote the involvement of more researchers to take part of this initiative by developing their own case studies and joining social networks through Facebook and Twitter.    

Provita Sep 10, 2012

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