Monday, September 10, 2012

IUCN's Red List of Ecosystems

This new initiative was first conceived in 2008 and is projected to be have complete global coverage by 2025. Based on the Red List of Threatened Species, the project is aimed at assessing the vulnerability of ecosystems based on an internationally accepted criteria for risk assessments of ecosystems.
This list will help conservation action and decision-making, particularly in studies of land use and ecological restoration and provide important link between the health of an ecosystem and human well-being.

“We envision that it could become a one-stop shop for economists, rural communities, local and national authorities, who can use the assessments of the Red List of Ecosystems to better manage the finite resources of our planet,”
Edmund Barrow, Head of the IUCN Ecosystem Management Programme.

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