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Learn how the Red List of Ecosystems is helping to sustain global biodiversity

Nature is under threat around the world. Understanding where ecosystems are at greatest risk allows us to act to sustain species and ecosystems.

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Ecosystems is a rigorous standardised assessment method that supports decision making while generating strategies for policy and management practice.

The Red List of Ecosystems is the global standard for ecosystem risk assessment, used by governments, NGOs, scientists and practitioners to sustain biodiversity worldwide.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

  • Describe the purpose of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems
  • Assess the benefits of the Red List of Ecosystems approach to ecosystem conservation and management
  • Explore the process of completing ecosystem assessments
  • Identify the characteristics of ecosystems
  • Explore the challenges of defining ecosystems
  • Identify threats to ecosystems and how to measure themClassify Red List of Ecosystems outcomes and categories of risk
  • Assess the Red List of Ecosystems in the landscape of conservation policies and tools

Who is the course for?

  • People interested in sustainability of the world’s ecosystems.
  • Practitioners who need to understand the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems approach, its purpose and its place relative to other conservation tools.
  • Decision makers who will value the scientific basis and global authority of Red List of Ecosystems assessments.
  • People interested in cutting-edge approaches to sustainable conservation.
  • People who seek to undertake their own ecosystem assessment using the Red List of Ecosystems method

The course was created for practitioners who need to understand the Red List of Ecosystems processes and decision-makers who will value the scientific basis and global authority of Red List of Ecosystems assessments.

The amount of time it takes you to complete this course will vary depending on your level of interest and experience of ecosystems.

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