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.

 

The first global standard for the risk assessment of terrestrial, marine, freshwater and subterranean ecosystems at a global level, promoted by the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has won an important prize on environmental research awarded by the Australian Museum: the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (RLE). According to Kim McKay AO, Executive and General Director of the aforementioned museum, the RLE is a powerful tool for scientists and responsible politicians around the world. The RLE was acknowledged as standard by the IUCN in 2013.

The Australian Museum was foundend in 1987, being the first museum established in this country, also it is one of the most important scientific institutions at educational and cultural levels. Since 1990, every year, the Eureka prize, specifically in the category of Environmental Research, rewards individuals or teams for outstanding research projects, leading towards the resolution of environmental problems, including a challenge regarding climate change or the management and protection of the environment in Australia.

In 2014, the team of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems resulted finalist of this important award, and this year it won the prize on the Environmental Research area in the Research and Innovation category. Results of the nominations were announced on August 26th, 2015 and may be seen in the website of the Australian Museum.

The team of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is led by professor David Keith of the University of New South Wales, the researcher Jon Paul Rodríguez of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, IVIC) and the NGO Provita. Such protocol aims to support initiatives to face climate change and environmental degradation challenges. Nowadays, there are several ongoing continental, regional, and national initiatives applying such protocol to carry out their ecosystem risk assessments. In this way, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems represents a key collaborator for the establishment of the best strategies to mitigate collapse of ecosystems all over the world.

 

On the podium, David Keith, one of the leaders of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems thematic group. Photo accompanied by the Australian group members during the delivery of the 2015 Eureka awards.

 

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