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Red listing of ecosystems in China is in progress

The red listing of ecosystems in China (RLEC) is on the right track.

Partly thanks to the support given by the IUCN in 2015 through a training workshop designed for Chinese environmental experts, the 3-year project on the red listing of ecosystems in China (RLEC) was launched on May 20th 2016, in Beijing.

The RLEC is financially supported by the Ministry of Environment Protection of China (MEP) and carried out mainly by MEP and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). It includes three subprojects for forests, grasslands and wetlands, led by researchers from the Institute of Botany of CAS, Inner Mongolia University and Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of CAS respectively. The project is chaired by the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences of MEP. A workshop for summarizing the progress of the project was held on May 14th, 2017.

In general, the project is on the right track and clear progress has been achieved, even though there are a number of issues the team is facing with. Possible solutions to the challenges were proposed and implemented after the workshop.  Ma, Keping addressed some of these in a paper recently published in Biodiversity Science titled "Red List of Ecosystems: Progress and Challenges" In addition,  Tan Jian-Bo and colleagues (2017) published a review paper titled "Research Advances and Challenges in the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems"  in Biodiversity Science. The paper introduces the categories and criteria of the Red List of Ecosystems, its associated challenges and possible solutions. All of which helps promote the China RLE project.

Early spring view of a subtropical evergreen broadleaved forest in Gutianshan. Zhejiang province, China.

 

Written by: Ma Keping

Provita Sep 03, 2017

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