A practical guide to the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria

Rodríguez, Jon Paul, Keith, David A., Rodríguez-Clark, Kathryn M., Murray, Nicholas J., Nicholson, Emily, Regan, Tracey J., Miller, Rebecca M., Barrow, Edmond G., Bland, Lucie M., Boe, Kaia, Brooks, Thomas M., Oliveira-Miranda, María A., Spalding, Mark, and Wit, Piet (2015) A practical guide to the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370. 20140003.

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Abstract

The newly developed IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is part of a growing toolbox for assessing risks to biodiversity, which addresses ecosystems and their functioning. The Red List of Ecosystems standard allows systematic assessment of all freshwater, marine, terrestrial and subterranean ecosystem types in terms of their global risk of collapse. In addition, the Red List of Ecosystems categories and criteria provide a technical base for assessments of ecosystem status at the regional, national, or subnational level. While the Red List of Ecosystems criteria were designed to be widely applicable by scientists and practitioners, guidelines are needed to ensure they are implemented in a standardized manner to reduce epistemic uncertainties and allow robust comparisons among ecosystems and over time. We review the intended application of the Red List of Ecosystems assessment process, summarize ‘best-practice’ methods for ecosystem assessments and outline approaches to ensure operational rigour of assessments. The Red List of Ecosystems will inform priority setting for ecosystem types worldwide, and strengthen capacity to report on progress towards the Aichi Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. When integrated with other IUCN knowledge products, such as the World Database of Protected Areas/Protected Planet, Key Biodiversity Areas and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Red List of Ecosystems will contribute to providing the most complete global measure of the status of biodiversity yet achieved.

Item ID: 60197
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-2970
Keywords: ecosystem conservation, ecosystem types, IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, risk of collapse, ecosystem risk assessment, threatened ecosystems
Copyright Information: © 2015 The Author(s).
Funders: MAVA Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC linkage grant LP130100435
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 23:03
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 70%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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