The development of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems has shown significant advances during the last two years. It stands out that the 2.0 version of Categorie and Criteria for the Red List of Ecosystems (Keith et al. 2013) was adopted as the global standard for the assessment of ecosystem risk by the UICN Council in May 2014. Such proposal has been so successful, that the PloS ONE website alone has received over 24,000 visits, apart from the generation of other 22 publications in scientific journals (Boitani et al. 2014, Keith et al. 2015, Rodríguez et al. 2015, among others). Such impact has resulted in international recognition by the Australian Ecology Research 2013 award and its classification as finalist in the Eureka Prize on Environmental Research 2014. Several global investigations and projects related to the protocol of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems are currently in process.

Another major accomplishment is the establishment of a Scientific Standard Committee, which is a multidisciplinary group of specialists on fluvial, maritime and terrestrial ecosystems. The objective of this committee is to provide counseling and to develop guidelines for category and criteria application. Likewise, progress has been made for the establishment of a global typology of ecosystems, the development of new data bases for the organization and interaction of information and the generation of tools to ease the application of criteria by interested users through the usage of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website as link.

We invite you to further explore the Development and Application of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Criteria between 2014 and 2015, and the other advances achieved up to this date.

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