Resolution 4020, the World Conservation Congress of IUCN, held in Barcelona, Spain, in 2008, on the quantitative thresholds for the categories and criteria of threatened ecosystems, states:
 

(…) Initiate a consultation process for developing, implementing and monitoring the implementation of global standards for the assessment of ecosystem state, local, regional and global (…).

 

To implement the resolution, we initiated a series of workshops throughout the world, with to two main objectives:

 
Workshops 2011-2012