10 May '13, 1am

New endangered list for ecosystems modeled after 'Red list' for species

New endangered list for ecosystems modeled after 'Red list' for species

New endangered list for ecosystems modeled after 'Red list' for species mongabay.com May 09, 2013 print The IUCN has unveiled the first iteration of its new Red List of Ecosystems, a ranking of habitats worldwide. The Red List of Ecosystems is modeled after the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, which now serves as the global standard for assessing the extinction risk of plants and animals. Like the species ranking system, the ecosystem list will identify whether an ecosystem is vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. The list applies across terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, potentially helping governments prioritize conservation efforts, according to David Keith, the lead author of the PLoS ONE study that lays out the criteria for initiative. "By knowing which ecosystems are tracking well and which ones are in trouble, governments, industries an...

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