Post-Paris climate future: The role of nature-based solutions

Post-Paris COP21: Nature-based solutions play a critical role in tackling climate change, as well as increasing resilience to natural hazards December 2015

Healthy ecosystems are vital in climate change agreements

IUCN is highlighting the importance of healthy ecosystems in providing practical solutions to tackling climate change in the COP21 negotiations being held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December. December 2015

Next port for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems team: The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance, Beijing, China

The State Forestry Administration of China, IUCN and its Commission on Ecosystem Management, the Beijing Municipality, and the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation will co-host the 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance from 23-28 October in Beijing, China. October 2015

Latin America presents results after the application of the protocol for the development of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

Since 2012, starting point of the project “From Alaska to Patagonia: IUCN Red List of the Continental Ecosystems of the Americas”, up to this date, many advances have been accomplished regarding risk assessments of ecosystems collapse. At the moment, there are already four national lists, and Costa Rica, Colombia, and Chile have joined Venezuela, the pioneer, which represents a step further towards the planned goal of having all ecosystems of the world assessed. September 2015

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems won the Eureka prize 2015!

For the second consecutive year, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems has resulted finalist of the EUREKA prize awarded by the Australian Museum, in the Environmental Research area. This time, however, it has been honored with the prize. September 2015

China towards the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems continues growing internationally, this time in Asian territory. In recent communications between Chinese researchers and members of the RLE Team, China’s interest in applying the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria was once again shown. August 2015

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: an ally in nature valuation

A new article about the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems has been recently published in the book “Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services”. It is based on the presentations carried out during the Valuing Nature Symposium held on July 21st and 22nd, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. July 2015

For the second consecutive year, the Red List of Ecosystems is a finalist of the EUREKA Award in Australia

Once again, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is finalist of the EUREKA Award in the environmental research area. Such award is yearly presented by the prestigious Australian Museum and rewards excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science, communication and journalism; and science at school level. It is granted to people and teams involved in outstanding research projects that lead to an environmental problem resolution, including a proposed challenge regarding climate change, environmental management and protection of the Australian environment. July 2015

New tools to support risk assessments of ecosystem collapse

We have created a new section on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website called Tools (in the Resources tab). July 2015

The special number of June of Austral Ecology dedicated to IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is already available

The June 2015 edition of the Austral Ecology journal was dedicated to the risk assessments with the application of the protocol of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems in Australian environments. The invited editor was researcher David Keith, who is coleaders, along with Jon Paul Rodriguez, the group thematic of the Red List of Ecosystems in the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM). July 2015

I International Course “Red List of Ecosystems: Instrument for the Planning of Biodiversity Conservation Systems”

Between April 6th and 11th, in the facilities of CATIE, in Costa Rica, the I International Course of the Red List of Ecosystems was developed. In such course, 22 professionals of different sectors working on the biodiversity conservation participated. Its objective was to strengthen the capacities of the participants regarding the risk assessment of ecosystems and the application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. June 2015

Confronting risk: The Red List of Ecosystems as a practical and effective tool for conservation

We know our planet faces unprecedented impacts human activity and climate change – biodiversity loss and environmental degradation continue at alarming rates – but where are the opportunities for action? What can be done to secure a sustainable future? IUCN has developed the Red List of Ecosystems (RLE), a new tool and global standard to assess risks to ecosystems so as to inform where and how we can act. It is a tool that is already in high demand. May 2015

Progress on ecosystem risk assessment 2014‐15. Building capacities

In the frame of the application of criteria and categories in order to develop an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, the team has trained and provided technical support to different professional groups in Australia, Latin America, Africa and Europe with the objective of increasing the capacity of people all over the world to implement the methodology proposed by Keith and collaborators in 2013. May 2015

Progress on ecosystem risk assessment 2014‐15. Influencing policy development

The assessment and later classification of ecosystems using IUCN Red List of Ecosystems criteria provide key information for the decision-makers as they determine the conservation state of ecosystems with a global standard allowing the definition of proper public policies regarding the conservation of biodiversity and the planning of territory usage. May 2015

Progress on ecosystem risk assessment 2014‐15. Assessments

The advances in the formal settling and inclusion of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystem have been presented in different parts of the world; and during the last two years, the assessment process of the ecosystem risk has had major advances in America, Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. May 2015

Progress on ecosystem risk assessment 2014‐15. Development of listing criteria and their application

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems grows rapidly. From 2014 up to this date, it has been postulated and winner of, at least, two prices for scientific researching and it has presented important advances such as the inclusion for IUCN of the version 2.0 of categories and criteria, the establishment of a Committee for Scientific Standards, the development of a global typology for the world ecosystems, significant advances in research, the development of tools for the application of the criteria, and the design and building of a data base for the efficient handling of information related to the ecosystem assessments and their interaction with other information sources. May 2015

A Practical Guide for to Application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Criteria

On January, 15th, 2015 Rodriguez and his collaborators presented a new contribution on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystem: the article “A practical Guide to the Application of the UICN Red List of Ecosystems Criteria” on the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B journal. May 2015

Do you still not know the winning photos of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest?

If you have not seen yet or want to see them again, here you have this video where we present all the finalists and winning photos of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest. March 2015

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems – Paths of progress

Since May 2014, the categories and criteria underpinning the Red List of Ecosystems have been officially recognized and adopted by the IUCN as a global standard for assessing the risks to ecosystems. It is expected that this tool, along with other IUCN knowledge products such as the Red List of Threatened Species and the World Database on Protected Areas, will become an ideal complement for the implementation of environmental and conservation policies. January 2015

Red list of Ecosystems in Brazil (A Lista Vermelha de Ecossistemas no Brasil)

Since June 2012, Brazil is in the implementation process of the Red List of Ecosystems, tool used worldwide to assess the state of conservation of natural environments. IUCN Brazil, together with Provita (Venezuela), the Commission of Ecosystem Management of IUCN (CGE) and other partner institutions between 26 and 28 September 2014 conducted a workshop for the application of the methodology in Brazilian ecosystems. The workshop was attended by Maria A. Oliveira Miranda (Provita / IUCN Venezuela) who coordinated the event and shared their expertise in the application of the methodology in various countries. This meeting is part of a series of meetings and workshops of Brazilian institutions, dealing with the development of a strategy to facilitate national implementation of the methodology taking into account the reality of Brazilian biomes, the availability of information and capabilities institutional installed. December 2014

The Winners of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest have been announced in Sydney

During the IUCN World Parks Congress, the winning photographs of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest were exhibited in the “Nature-Based Solutions” Pavillion, with support from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. On the afternoon of November 18th the final winners of the contest were announced in this pavillion. November 2014

Winners of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest

Between July 25th and October 5th we received and published over 200 photographs of worldwide ecosystems that belong to two categories of participation (Wild Beauty and the Changing World) through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems’ Facebook. A total of 40 photographs of each of the world regions (Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) in each of the two categories classified in this round. October 2014

The winners of the first round of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest will be notified on October 31st 2014

On October 31st 2014 the winners for each of the six regions for the two contest categories (Wild Beauty and The Changing World) will be announced. The winners of this first round were chosen by public voting (“Likes”) through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Facebook profile. October 2014

You can vote for your favorite photos until this Friday

Look up your geographic region because only until the end of this week you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite photos in the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest. October 2014

The Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest has started!

Registration and reception of photographs will start on Friday July 25th, 2014 and finish on Sunday October 5th of the same year. If you are not a professional photographer, no worries! You do not have to be one to participate! Just go to your favorite landscape, take a picture and send it to us through [email protected] or through [email protected] August 2014

Red Lists of Ecosystems: A new global standard

On May 20th, during the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) 83rd meeting, held at Gland, Switzerland, the categories and criteria for the identification of threatened ecosystems and the creation of Red Lists of Ecosystems were officially adopted. June 2014

The first edition of the “Ecosystems of the World in pictures” officially closed with awards, and we are now preparing for the next one

The winners of the 1st photography contest “Ecosystems of the World in pictures” received their awards at the beginning of June, the Environment month. June 2014

The voice of conservation in East Africa-SWARA Magazine, also discusses about IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

In the last trimester of 2013 Swara, a important magazine of the East African Wildlife Society published an article about IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. March 2014

Chile evaluates the risk of their terrestrial ecosystems

As indicated in the interview by the Communications Office of IUCN South, the government of Chile is using the methodology of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems in order to evaluate their different ecosystems, know their risk of collapse and use that information to make responsable conservation decisions. February 2014

The Red List of Ecosystems was identified as a key environmental issue for 2014

During the fifth cross-cutting topics that may affect the conservation of biological diversity, conducted annually by an outstanding group of researchers, potential threats and opportunities for biodiversity conservation in the medium and long term were examined. As a result, Red List of Ecosystems were identified as a key environmental issue for 2014. January 2014

The assessment of transitional water ecosystems begins, using the criteria and categories of the Red List of Ecosystems

Following the open discussion at the Round Table on Ecosystem Taxonomy and Red Listing of transitional water ecosystems, a collaborative activity to study the water transitional ecosystems will be implemented applying the categories and criterias of the Red List of Ecosystems. January 2014

The implementation of the Red List of Ecosystems is moving forward. Interview IUCN-South America

The Red List of Ecosystems is an initiative to define the state of vulnerability of ecosystems by different criteria. During August 2013 two workshops were organized by Provita in conjunction with NatureServe, IVIC and CIET were performed, so further progress in the implementation and improvement of these criteria throughout the Americas. January 2014

The 2013 Australian Ecology Research Award (AERA) rewards David Keith

Professor and researcher David Keith will be awarded with the 2013 Australian Ecology Research Award (AERA). This award is delivered every year in recognition excellence in the field of Australian ecology research. January 2014

The Caribbean coral reefs, one of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems of the planet, have been classified as endangered

The Caribbean coral reefs have been classified, within the categories of the Red List of Ecosystems, as “Endangered”. January 2014

Red List of Ecosystems for the Americas: an opportunity for volunteers to get acquainted with the project and provide technical reviews

On september 19th, a virtual conference aboud the IUCN Red List of Threatened Ecosystems of the Americas, organized and delivered by experts from NatureServe, was held, providing the opportunity for ecosystem experts to learn more about the project, and to participate in the review of inputs and results generated by NatureServe. October 2014

Getting to know more about the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. Virtual Conference:

On August 2nd a virtual conference regarding the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems was held led by Dr. Jon Paul Rodríguez and arranged by the South American regional IUCN Commission of Ecosystems Management chairmanship, as part of a virtual conference cycle, geared towards stimulating and interchanging knowledge and communication within the commission. August 2013

Colombia takes on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems initiative:

Colombia takes on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems initiative forming part of the “From Alaska to Patagonia: Red List of the Continental Ecosystems of the Americas”. The Paramos and the Tropical Dry forests are pioneer protocol implementation areas, which hopefully will aid in improving management tools. August 2013

Scientific Foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems:

On May 8th the journal PLoS ONE released the updated version of the criteria and categories for risk assessment of ecosystems. This release is a step forward to the establishment of a systematic method to develop a red list of the world’s ecosystems by 2025. These criteria can be applied to terrestrial, freshwater, marine and underground ecosystems; as well as on different geographic scales (municipality, national, regional, among others).

This new publication includes the assessment of 20 ecosystems, encompassing 6 continents and 3 oceans. The original article can be downloaded from the section Key documents. May 2013

The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems team joined the Capacity Building for Conservation conference in Villa de Leyva, Colombia:

On February 12th to 15th the conference “Capacity Building for Conservation. An international exchange of opportunity and best practice” was held at Villa de Leyva, Colombia.

Part of the team that develops the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems was able to attend and get the chance to conduct a very productive exchange with many institutions and individuals interested on conservation and its practices, especially with regard to building human capacities. April 2013

The initiative Ecosystems of the world in pictures has a winner:

On December 31st at 24:00 GMT -4:30 closed the online voting process for the “Ecosystems of the world in photos”, aimed at promoting awareness and support the conservation of the world’s ecosystems . The largest number of votes was received by Delson Ramírez of Venezuela in his photo “Cerro Santa Ana, Venezuela Paraguaná Peninsula” with a total of 21 votes (likes).

The team of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, congratulates the winner! April 2013

Red List of Ecosystems of Norway now available in English:

In 2011, the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre (NBIC) published the official global risk evaluation for Norwegian ecosystems, using a similar procedure to the IUCN Red List of species and this list is already available in English. January 2013

The New Initiative of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Team Ecosystems of the world in pictures:

The Team Red List IUCN Ecosystems invites you to participate in the Ecosystems of the world in pictures, which aims to promote awareness and support the conservation of the world’s ecosystems. November 2012

National Red Lists of Species and Ecosystems Training Session at the Capacity Building for Conservation Congress:

Integration of red lists of species and ecosystems is one of the goals of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for 2013-2016. In this sense, during the Capacity Building for Conservation Congress will take place a workshop simultaneously focused in strengthening the capacity of assessors to carry out species and ecosystem red lists. February 12th-15th, 2013, Villa de Leyva, Colombia. November 2012

Consolidation of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: Motion adopted:

With a total of 661 votes in favor, 8 against and 26 abstained, the V World Conservation Congress, during sessions on September 12th 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea, adopted motion 72 on the consolidation of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. September 2012

Progress towards establishment of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Workshop:

The Commission on Ecosystem Management will gather experts to share experiences on the application of categories and criteria for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and promote the involvement of more researchers. Workshop will be held during the IUCN World Conservation Congress, on September 11th 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. September 2012

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012:

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, it aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development. September 2012

Launching of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website:

In order to follow the consulting process for the development, implementation and monitoring of a global standard for the assessment of ecosystem status, applicable at local, regional and global levels, we are releasing a website about IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. September 2012

The special issue of S.A.P.I.EN.S. dedicated to IUCN Commissions has just been published:

The electronic version is available. A limited number of publications in hard copy and on USB sticks will be available at the Jeju Congress. All articles can also be read and downloaded separately. September 2012