A new article about the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems has been recently published in the book “Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services”. It is based on the presentations carried out during the Valuing Nature Symposium held on July 21st and 22nd, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.


The article, “A framework for monitoring the status of Australia’s ecosystems based on IUCN’s new global standard”, presents a synopsis of the criteria and categories of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) and briefly describes the great potential of this tool in different topics related to the decision making on environmental issues. It mentions, for example, how RLE data may contribute to: (1) network design in wild protected areas; (2) monitoring of biodiversity status; and (3) strategy design for natural resource handling; among others. The authors of this chapter are David Keith, Jon Paul Rodriguez (leaders of the Thematic Cluster of the Red List of Ecosystems inside the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)), and Edmund Barrow (the IUCN Ecosystem Management Program). This intervention is found in the section “Protected areas and their role in holding natural values”.

The book “Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services” pursues to transmit the importance of ecosystems for the wellbeing and future of mankind, highlighting the fundamental role of protected areas. Therefore, its different chapters illustrate how a better understanding of the ecosystem services may contribute to provide the necessary evidence to support the maintenance and development of the protected area system. The book comprises 25 chapters in total and can be freely downloaded.

This chapter about RLE is now available in our section Research & Development.