Want to keep learning?

This content is taken from the Deakin University's online course, IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: The Global Standard for Assessing Risks to Ecosystems. Join the course to learn more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsMy name is Loyiso Dunga. I'm from South Africa.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsI am currently a master's student, and my project entails mapping South African kelp forests. And the second aspect of this project is to assess the ecosystem condition. I'm actually participating in this workshop because they are using an international Red Listing of Ecosystem approach. We are quite interested in using this approach further inside Africa to assess our ecosystems. So currently what is happening, we have about 151 marine ecosystem types. And then we've attempted to use this to move from our original means of ecosystem assessment, and then we are adopting the international standard, which is the IUCN. So I am here to actually gain more knowledge and learn from experts from around the world.

Global reach, local impacts

Meet Loyiso Dunga from SANBI in South Africa. Loyiso completed our four day Red List of Ecosystems training in Kenya in 2019.

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems is having an impact on conservation around the world. You can be part of this positive change.

There’s been remarkable uptake by industry, governments and communities. In countries like South Africa, Finland, Colombia and Australia, governments are using the Red List of Ecosystems to guide policy and management.

Visit the Red List of Ecosystems website and database to explore the map.

Uptake and impact around the world

Our team recently reviewed the progress of IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. We found substantial outcomes and impacts since 2014, when the Red List of Ecosystems was adopted as the global standard by the IUCN.

By mid-2019 (when the review was published), over 2,800 ecosystems had been assessed in 100 countries across all continents (a full list is available in the Supporting Information of the paper).

Countries such as such as South Africa and Finland, that previously used their own methods to assess their ecosystems now use IUCN Red List of Ecosystems. Other countries like Colombia and Chile are in the process of developing their first national assessment methods using IUCN Red List of Ecosystems.

Countries that have embedded the Red List of Ecosystems as part of their environmental legalisation include Australia, Norway, South Africa and Finland. There, the presence of threatened ecosystems can act as direct regulatory triggers for legal protection and changes to land-use planning. We’ll examine some of these success stories in this course.

The Red List of Ecosystems can provide critical information on sustainable development and human well-being. It can help governments, industry and commerce to make decisions that work for everyone.

We need your help

To fully harness the power of the Red List of Ecosystems we need more assessments, collaborators and conservation action. Our aim is to assess all the ecosystems of the world by 2025. Like Loyiso Dunga, you can contribute to this project, starting here in this course.

Your task

Take a moment to share why you joined this course and what kinds of things do you hope to gain from studying the Red List of Ecosystems.

Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

IUCN Red List of Ecosystems: The Global Standard for Assessing Risks to Ecosystems

Deakin University

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: