On september 19th, a virtual conference on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Ecosystems of the Americas was held. This conference was arranged and promoted online by NatureServe (NS), who along with Provita and the IUCN, make up the project’s team of partners.

The lecture was given by scientific experts Carmen Josse (Regional Ecologist for Latin America and the Caribbean, NS Science Division) and Pat Comer (NS Terrestrial Ecology Department Director).

The goal of this presentation was to inform about the process that leads to the construction of the Red Lists of Ecosystems for the Americas, and particularly, to invite experts in certain ecosystems who might be interested in the project to review the project’s inputs and outputs generated by NatureServe.

Within project activities, the NatureServe team is in charge of coordinating the Red List of terrestrial, wetland, and some freshwater ecosystems in the entire American continent. This is geared towards several hundred types of ecosystems, which are described in multiple ways, and the goal is to determine their state by the beginning of 2014. For this reason, NatureServe invites ecosystem experts to participate in the reviewing process, which will be carried out between September 2013 and February 2014. The number and depth of reviewed ecosystem types may vary depending on experience and interest levels.

106 people, from 17 different countries, of which 13 were from Latin America, participated in this webinar. Participants from the US, Canada, Great Britain, and Spain were also present, representing various institutions, including universities, and both. government and non-government organizations. At the beginning of the webinar, participants were asked to specify how they could contribute to the project (if they were willing to do so), by launching a poll. Poll options for possible contributions were the following:

  • Providing maps and sites of ecosystem threats
  • Providing maps and sites to map distribution
  • Providing literature for the conceptual model
  • Reviewing spatial models: degradation and biotic disruption
  • Reviewing assessments
  • Reviewing distribution models
  • Reviewing conceptual models

Being the review of spatial models and assessments the two options with the most possible contributors.

Audience members participated several times, and were very interested in cooperating with the project, and were also very pleased to receive information about this very important initiative. This conference established the channels of communication in order to work in association with any of the participants and the NatureServe experts.

The recording for the webinar is available here.

For more information about the project, and the rest of its partners, visit the website: cms.iucnrle.org

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