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Participation of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems-RLE in the ICCB 2017

The Red List of Ecosystems-RLE participated with an intense activity program during the ICCB 2017.


As announced in July, the 28th edition of the ICCB was held in Colombia with the participation of over 2,000 conservationists. The Red List of Ecosystems of the IUCN participated with a broad program as follows:



A first introductory team meeting was held by the Directive Committee of the IUCN RLE.



Symposium: “New tools for ecosystem assessment and monitoring”, organized by Lucie Bland from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

This symposium focused on the new tools for monitoring the state of ecosystems, including the Fundamental Variables of Biodiversity for structures and the functions of ecosystems developed by GEO BON (Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network) and the Red List of Ecosystems-RLE of the IUCN.

The symposium’s purpose was to exemplify the common challenges and solutions in the monitoring schemes of ecosystems. Case studies of a broad range of ecosystems were presented, from the Mesoamerican Reef to the forests at the East of Australia. Several aspects were addressed: the need of consistent qualifications of ecosystems, a sound understanding of the processes, an intelligent selection of indicators, and the implementation of forecasting models to monitor ecosystems from local to global scales.

The need of long term field studies and remote sensing data, along with a conceptual understanding of the ecosystem processes and drivers of change, in order to provide a powerful quantification base of ecosystem changes was discussed.

Advances made through application and study promise a monitoring process based in evidence for ecosystems, which will further improve the capacity to assess the progress towards the Aichi 2020 targets and support the conservation of ecosystems.

Specific topics addressed were:

  • Towards a global typological framework to support Red Listing of ecosystems
  • Indicators of collapse for ecosystem risk assessments
  • Using multiple lines of evidence to assess the risk of ecosystem collapse
  • Ecosystem conceptual models at multiple spatial scales help piece together the biodiversity puzzle
  • Assessment of the quality of input data to apply the criteria of the IUCN Red List of ecosystems


Source: ICCB 2017



Symposium: Red Lists of Ecosystems in Latin America: From national efforts to a regional strategy” organized by: Irene Zager and José Ferrer, Provita-Venezuela.

The objective of this symposium was to present the Latin American experiences of the RLE assessments at different scales (from local to continental); to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches and their potential applications in the conservation decision-making and actions.

The topics and interventions were as follows: 

  • A continental challenge: Assessment of tropical and temperate forest decline in the Americas” by: José Ferrer Paris and Jon Paul Rodriguez from the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research; and Mario González-Gil and Irene Zager from Provita-Venezuela.    
  • Assessing changes to ecosystem function in Latin America” by: Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio and Erica Johnson from EcoHealth Alliance; Amira Apaza and Miguel Fernandez from the United Nations Development Program-UNDP; Maria Oliveira-Miranda from the Institute of Natural Resources; Jon Paul Rodriguez from the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research; and Irene Zager from Provita-Venezuela.
  • "The Red List of Ecosystems for Colombia and the conservation of biodiversity” by: Andres Etter, Paula Amaya and Paulo Arévalo from the Pontifical Xavierian University; and Angela Andrade from Conservation International-Colombia.
  • Evaluation of terrestrial ecosystems in Chile according to the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems” by: Patricio Pliscoff from the Catholic University of Chile.    
  • Integrating biodiversity in conservation planning for human health and well-being” by: Cristina Romanelli from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; and Catherine Machalaba and Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, from EcoHealth Alliance.


Attendees to the symposium Red Lists of Ecosystems in Latin America: From national efforts to a regional strategy



The following workshop was presented: “Innovative tools and approaches for ecosystem risk assessment in Latin America” organized by: Irene Zager and José Ferrer from Provita-Venezuela.THURSDAY 27.

The objective was to discuss technical aspects for the development of RLE assessments in the region. Specifically, to address the regional and national differences regarding data availability and technical capacity for  ecosystem mapping and collapse risk assessments, and to identify future constraints and opportunities of collaboration and improvement of information exchange in order to develop the projected database.

The 3 presentations of the workshop were:

  • The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria by Irene Zager.
  • Bon in a Box: available tools for ecosystem assessments by María Cecilia Londoño.
  • Leveraging in-situ and remote biodiversity observations towards developing the Red List of Ecosystems in Latin America by Miguel Fernández.

After the presentations, three work groups were organized to share opinions, data, tools and results, and there was an approaches and conclusions exchange round at the end.


Work groups during the workshop “Innovative tools and approaches for ecosystem risk assessment in Latin America”



As conclusion, a last meeting was held regarding the planning of priorities and opportunities for future efforts of the RLE in Latin America.The objective of this meeting was, taking into consideration the priorities and needs of both the RLE Thematic Group and the the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) of the IUCN, to identify and plan the local and regional requirements and opportunities for future RLE initiatives.

It counted with the participation of different organization managers such as: Ángela Andrade (President of the CEM), Bernal Herrera (focal point of the RLE within the directive of the CEM), Doris Cordero (the CEM’s Regional President for South America), the co-leader of the focus group (Emily Nicholson), as well as with symposium and workshop presenters, members of the RLE team, IUCN and other regional partners and stakeholders.


Participants of the meeting about priorities and opportunities for future efforts of the RLE in Latin America (left to rigth: Cristina Romanelli, Bernal Herrera, María Cecilia Londoño, Ariany García-Rawlins, Patricio Pliscoff, Irene Zager, José Rafael Ferrer, Ángela Andrade, Doris Cordero, Andrés Etter)


The Red List of Ecosystems would like to thank the ICCB 2017 organizers for having served as framework for all these events.

See you on the next edition, to share the accomplishments in favor of conservation!

Written by: Marianna Collet C.

Translation: Carmen Quintero


Provita Aug 30, 2017


IUCN Red List of Ecosystems


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