Workshop on the IUCN Red list of Ecosystems

Last week (9-11 May) we hosted a workshop on the IUCN Red list of Ecosystems, held at the School of Botany, The University of Melbourne, and funded by CEED.We is me, Tracey Regan, David Keith (UNSW & NSW OEH) and Jon Paul Rodriguez (IVIC & Provita & IUCN).

We had just over 30 people from around the world, and focussed on the application of draft criteria for assessing the threat status of ecosystems to marine systems. It was a very successful workshop, with a few key outcomes, a great deal of fruitful and constructive discussion, as well as a lot of clarification of key concepts of ecosystem collapse (the analogue of species extinction), ways of assessing change in function of ecosystems as they move towards collapse, and how these concepts apply to marine systems. More to come over the next few months and years, I suspect.

Here we all are at the end of the workshop (looking a little tired and relieved). Thanks to all participants for their hard work!

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