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COURSE: Risk Assessments of Species Extinction and Ecosystem Collapse

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The Red List of Ecosystems (LRE), together with the Species Survival Commission (CSS) of IUCN, are pleased to invite you to an on-site, joint training course on risk assessments of species extinction and ecosystem collapse, thus promoting the use of two of IUCN's main knowledge products. The event is organized by the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC) and Provita, in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Ecology (CIET) of UNESCO. This course has been endorsed and included in the IVIC's ecology graduate program. 

As tools for assessing species and ecosystems, both IUCN red lists are composed of five criteria based on the risk status of species extinctions and the collapse of ecosystems, which allows comparisons between regions and over time for the appropriate use of local, national, regional and global measures.

The course is aimed at professionals and students linked to research, training and management in the areas of taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity and conservation, as well as other disciplines that, in the performance of their duties, require the knowledge and tools provided in the course for the risk assessment of species and ecosystems.

The course will:

    • Provide a general description of the fundamentals and methodology of each tool, including key concepts, examples of completed national and global assessments, and their applications.
    • Provide a general description of the fundamentals and methodology of each tool, including key concepts, examples of completed national and global assessments, and their applications.
    • Explain the set of eight categories of the LRE and nine RLTS criteria, plus associated thresholds to perform scientific assessments based on the evidence of species extinction risk and the risk of ecosystem collapse.
    • Provide, through specific case studies, an understanding not only of how the criteria work together to assess risk, but how this information can be used to inform different types of management policies and decisions.
    • Illustrate the key components of the process of conducting LRE and LRTS assessments, as well as data and information requirements, through preliminary experience and practical exercises.

 

Follow this link to access the course syllabus.

To apply, it is necessary to fill out and send the following form before August 24, 2018.

"Carlos Schubert", Ecology Center, IVIC, Altos de Pipe, Caracas
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