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The IUCN red list of ecosystems: motivations, challenges, and applications

Keith, David A., Rodríguez, Jon Paul, Brooks, Thomas M., Burgman, Mark A., Barrow, Edmund G., Bland, Lucie, Comer, Patrick J., Franklin, Janet, Link, Jason, McCarthy, Michael A., Miller, Rebecca M., Murray, Nicholas J., Nel, Jeanne, Nicholson, Emily, Oliveira-Miranda, Maria A., Regan, Tracey J., Rodríguez-Clark, Kathryn M., Rouget, Mathieu and Spalding, Mark D. 2015, The IUCN red list of ecosystems: motivations, challenges, and applications, Conservation letters, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 214-226, doi: 10.1111/conl.12167.

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Title The IUCN red list of ecosystems: motivations, challenges, and applications
Author(s) Keith, David A.
Rodríguez, Jon Paul
Brooks, Thomas M.
Burgman, Mark A.
Barrow, Edmund G.
Bland, Lucie
Comer, Patrick J.
Franklin, Janet
Link, Jason
McCarthy, Michael A.
Miller, Rebecca M.
Murray, Nicholas J.
Nel, Jeanne
Nicholson, EmilyORCID iD for Nicholson, Emily orcid.org/0000-0003-2199-3446
Oliveira-Miranda, Maria A.
Regan, Tracey J.
Rodríguez-Clark, Kathryn M.
Rouget, Mathieu
Spalding, Mark D.
Journal name Conservation letters
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 214
End page 226
Total pages 13
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Weinheim, Germany
Publication date 2015-05-01
ISSN 1755-263X
Keyword(s) Conservation status
Ecosystem classification
Ecosystem collapse
Ecosystem services
IUCN Red List of Ecosystems
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Threatened ecological communities
Threatened habitat types
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Biodiversity Conservation
Biodiversity & Conservation
ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
SPECIES RICHNESS
REGIME SHIFTS
BIODIVERSITY
MANAGEMENT
TAXONOMY
UNCERTAINTY
PRIORITIES
FRAMEWORK
Summary In response to growing demand for ecosystem-level risk assessment in biodiversity conservation, and rapid proliferation of locally tailored protocols, the IUCN recently endorsed new Red List criteria as a global standard for ecosystem risk assessment. Four qualities were sought in the design of the IUCN criteria: generality; precision; realism; and simplicity. Drawing from extensive global consultation, we explore trade-offs among these qualities when dealing with key challenges, including ecosystem classification, measuring ecosystem dynamics, degradation and collapse, and setting decision thresholds to delimit ordinal categories of threat. Experience from countries with national lists of threatened ecosystems demonstrates well-balanced trade-offs in current and potential applications of Red Lists of Ecosystems in legislation, policy, environmental management and education. The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems should be judged by whether it achieves conservation ends and improves natural resource management, whether its limitations are outweighed by its benefits, and whether it performs better than alternative methods. Future development of the Red List of Ecosystems will benefit from the history of the Red List of Threatened Species which was trialed and adjusted iteratively over 50 years from rudimentary beginnings. We anticipate the Red List of Ecosystems will promote policy focus on conservation outcomes in situ across whole landscapes and seascapes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/conl.12167
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology)
Socio Economic Objective 960805 Flora
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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