Two major projects are being currently developed in the American Continent. The first studies the ecosystems in the Americas and one of its objectives is to establish an ecosystem typology for the region. Advances in this area include: the description of 600 ecologic systems in North America and Mexico, 200 units in South America, and significant advances in the Central American and the Caribbean regions. On the other hand, the project of the National Red Lists also presents several levels of advances in the Central and South American regions.

Advances regarding ecosystem assessment are also found in other parts of the world. In Australia, 11 study cases for different freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems are being elaborated and will be published in a special issue of the Austral Ecology journal (references are available in our Assessment section). In Africa and Asia, there are already advances for the application of the Red List of Ecosystems and even some of the study cases are already completed. As per Europe, in Norway and Finland are making updates of assessments carried out in the last five years; France and Switzerland are generating the first Red Lists of Ecosystems; and IUCN is making contributions for European Union projects regarding the establishment of Red Lists for the types of habitats within the region.

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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