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IUCN Red List of Ecosystems in Japan - Training Workshop

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), together with its Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), are pleased to inform about the two-day assessor training workshop on The Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) and how to correctly apply this IUCN's knowledge product categories and criteria, which will be held in Kyoto, JapanThe workshop will be jointly coordinated by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature and the RLE Thematic Group, and will be open to graduate students, NGO staff, researchers and consultants. The training led by members from the RLE Thematic Group, has the objective of  presenting pilot applications on how to combine scientific and traditional knowledge for designing and implementing Nature-based Solutions (NbS), and building capacities for a future RLE assessment in the region.

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (RLE), underpinned by strong scientific-foundations, allow the assessment of ecosystem collapse through the evaluation of the change in ecosystem distribution and function using quantitative measures and thresholds. Assessment results can be compared between regions and over time, thus helping to identify areas that need fast and effective actions, and informing better local, national, regional and global conservation measures.

The training will focus on:

    • Providing an overview of the methodology including key concepts, examples of completed assessments at national and global scales, and their applications;
    • Explaining the set of five criteria and associated thresholds for performing evidence-based, scientific assessments of the risk of ecosystem collapse, as measured by reductions in geographical distribution or degradation of the key processes and components of ecosystems;
    • Introduce the 8 categories for risk of collapse: Collapsed (CO), Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN), Vulnerable (VU), Near Threatened (NT), Least Concern (LC), Data Deficient (DD), and Not Evaluated (NE);
    • Through targeted case studies, provide 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 policies and management decisions; 
    • Illustrate key components of the process of undertaking RLE assessments, and data and information requirements, through hands-on preliminary experience and interactive group work targeted at different audiences; 
    • Introducing the participants to the IUCN’s NbS standard;
    • Presenting pilot applications on how to combine scientific and traditional knowledge for designing and implement NbS; and 
    • Reflecting on how ecosystem-risk assessments can help informing conservation interventions, policies and implementation of NbS especially for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA).


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