By AFOP, Sep 17 2012 4:14AM
By AFOP, September 17th 2012
The IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in Jeju, South Korea wrapped up on Saturday after an intensive week of knowledge sharing and calls for action. The event attracted more than 8,000 people from over 180 countries, representing environmental organisations, wildlife groups and governmental organisations.
At the congress, the IUCN unveiled a new Red List of Ecosystems, to measure vulnerable, near-threatened, threatened and endangered ecosystems across the world. The list is designed to help create conservation action including protecting important ecosystems from development, ensuring sustainable management of resources and attracting investment to safeguard significant regions. Funding is currently in place to protect at risk ecosystems in North and South America, from Alaska to Patagonia by 2014 and global funding for ecosystems is expected by 2025.
The assessment criteria for the Red List are currently being tested in Liaohe Delta in China, Sipapo Forest Reserve and Falcon State in Venezuela and in areas across Australia, New Zealand and Senegal. In the U.S., the IUCN is looking at protecting the Mississippi short catch basin and the Midwest’s short grass prairie.
The IUCN is also planning to introduce a Green List, to highlight the conservation efforts currently in place, or in progress, to protect areas of high biodiversity and ecological significance. During the congress, the IUCN also released a list of the 100 most threatened threatened species in the world and researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society named the most biodiverse region in the world as Madidi National Park in Bolivia.
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