The criteria and categories for the assessment of collapse risk have proven to be a valuable tool for the strategic management of ecosystems.

The assessment and later classification of ecosystems provide key information for the decision-makers as they determine the conservation state of ecosystems with a global standard, allowing the definition of proper public policies regarding the conservation of biodiversity and the planning of territory usage. In fact, the Red List of Ecosystem Team has being counseling the governments of Norway, Finland, and Australia about the process of adopting the categories and criteria of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems as national referent to assess threatened ecosystems under the biodiversity legislation. The team is also in contact with the government of Ruanda to provide support regarding the implementation of their new biodiversity legislation that contemplates the ground to generate a list of threatened ecosystems.

On the other hand, this methodology has been applied in other parts of the world and there are currently several initiatives to carry out assessments on a national level in Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Senegal, Morocco, Madagascar, Ruanda, Finland, and Norway.

We invite you to explore further the influence of IUCN Red List of Ecosystem Criteria on the development of policy between 2014 and 2015, and the other advances achieved up to this date.

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