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 environments of the world. 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).


The Austral Ecology journal has recently published a special edition on the application of criteria and categories of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. In 2013, Keith et al. proposed a conceptual model to assess the collapse risk of ecosystems through a group of criteria and categories with the purpose of implementing a Red List of Ecosystems. In 2014, such methodological proposal was adopted by IUCN as a global standard to assess the collapse risk in terrestrial, marine, freshwater and subterranean ecosystems. Since then, many case studies have been developed in different parts of the world for a broad diversity of ecosystems. Having this in mind, Dr. Keith decided to review in detail these protocol applications and to develop a group of assessments to show how to apply a collapse risk assessment of ecosystems. The article that reflects such review present a set of examples as a guide for those professionals who want to broadly implement this protocol.

The final result of this process exposed in this special edition was 12 case studies showing how risk assessment is extremely valuable for the strategic management of ecosystems, from the assessment of Australian cloud forests to tropical ecosystems in El Salvador. All these assessments are available in open access through the journal website until July 17, 2015.

Likewise, the complete list of articles related to the Red List of Ecosystems published in this special edition may be reviewed in our section of Published Assessments, where you will also find the rest of assessments published up to this date.