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Two years after its consolidation, the Red List of Ecosystems is more relevant than ever as a global standard!

On May 20, 2016, the RLE team celebrates the second anniversary of the formal approval by IUCN of the Categories and Criteria for the identification of threatened ecosystems, the Red List of Ecosystems. The celebrations include a new website and a photo contest.

Two years ago - on May 20, 2014 - in the city of Gland, Switzerland, the 83rd session of the Council of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) formally adopted the Categories and Criteria for the identification of threatened ecosystems under the Red List of Ecosystems protocol.

It was in 2007 when the initial ideas on this method began to be published, a sample of this is the paper "Assessing extinction risk in the absence of species-level data: quantitative criteria for terrestrial ecosystems". The consolidation of the Criteria and Categories as a scientific method for assessing the risk of ecosystem collapse was achieved in 2013 with the publication of the "Scientific Foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems". Regarding the method’s implementation, one of the most recent IUCN publication, "Guidelines for the application of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Categories and Criteria", stands out as an extensive document that shows step by step how to conduct an assessment of an ecosystem’s risk of collapse.

Two years after being adopted by IUCN, the Red List of Ecosystems is more relevant than ever. Since its launch, more than 30 ecosystems have been evaluated at different scopes, getting us closer to the goal of assessing of all of the world's ecosystems by 2025. A sample of these assessments is available on the new website.

Thereby, the RLE team celebrates this second anniversary in a special way, with a renewed web site and the third edition of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest - Ecosystems at the Crossroads, in the framework of the objectives of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016.

The RLE continues to make progress in the generation of valuable information for assessing ecosystems globally, with the participation of all sectors, providing new tools for a better adaption to a changing world.

More information at: http://iucnrle.org

Provita May 20, 2016

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