Experts in coastal and marine ecosystems, managers and decision-makers from Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina gathered in Florianopolis for a three-day capacity building workshop on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (RLE), from October 29-31.
The event was the kick-off activity of a regional effort called LEAP - Leveraging Ecosystem-based Approaches for Priority-setting, led by the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) and focused on the South Atlantic Coast as the first step towards an approach that can be replicated in other regions. The project is supported by the Bio-Bridge Initiative (BBI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and counts with close collaboration with the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and Provita. The Co-PIs of the project are Marinez Scherer from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and Carolina Del Lama Marquez from CEM.
The group learned about the correct application of the RLE protocol, data requirements and applications of assessments. They selected sand dunes as the first ecosystem for a case study to be conducted in a collaborative way with four universities: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG) from Brazil, Universidad de la Republica (UdelaR) from Uruguay and Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata from Argentina. and dunes are extremely important for protecting coastal lines in the context of climate change and are threatened by urbanization and infrastructure building. With this initial effort, the group aims at developing a long-term partnership that will provide better knowledge about ecosystems function and services and support effective public policies for the conservation of oceans and coastal areas.
Participants of the RLE assessor training held in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Irene Zager (Provita, CEM) leading the workshop.
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Written by: Carolina Del Lama Marquez
Style & format: Carolina Del Lama Marquez
Provita Nov 25, 2019