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IUCN to Prepare Red List of Ecosystems

EcosystemsInternational experts gathered at the Smithsonian Institution for a meeting organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) to discuss the development of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, tailored after theIUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Examples from Australia, South Africa, the United States and Venezuela of how ecosystems could be listed were discussed and the proposed criteria refined. How to make sure the Ecosystems Red List is compatible with the Red List of Threatened Species was a key focus of the discussion.

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