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.

 

During the previous IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in 2008, a formal request for the initiation of a consultation process for the development, implementation and monitoring of a global standard for the assessment of ecosystem status, applicable at local, regional and global levels, was made. This request was followed by joint efforts of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and the IUCN Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP), in close collaboration with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the Global Species Programme (GSP) and led to the emergence of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems.

This is why since 2010 a set of categories and criteria for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems has been proposed and publicly available. These categories and criteria have been discussed and improved through conferences and workshops carried out in 20 countries on five continents. Such a consultation and validation process has led to improvements in the concepts and directions for the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, and has also allowed the compilation of a portfolio of case studies from different ecosystems and regions of the world.

Considering these achievements, the V World Conservation Congress, during sessions on September 12th 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea, has adopted the motion 72, supporting the consolidation of the ICUN Red List of Ecosystems.>

The adoption of this motion will allow the integration of the Red List of Ecosystems as one of the IUCN knowledge products. The motion also promotes financial support for this initiative and the development a mechanism to provide technical support and training for developing national ecosystem risk assessments, with the goal of achieving maximum impact over conservation policies and therefore contributing to ensure sustainable livelihoods.

Motion 72 was sponsored by Provita (Venezuela) and co-sponsored by EcoHealth Alliance (USA), IPÊ Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Brazil), NatureServe (USA), Stichting CHIMBO (Netherlands) and the Zoological Society of London (United Kingdom).

Given the relevance of the adoption of this motion and the significant progress of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, we invite all interested researchers to take part on the assessment of ecosystem risk, so we can together achieve the assessment of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems of the world.

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