facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

New 'Red List' proposed to identify world ecosystem at risk

May 9, 2013 at 6:50 PM   |   Comments

SYDNEY, May 9 (UPI) -- A new system for identifying ecosystems at high risk of degradation is similar to the influential Red List for threatened species, Australian researchers say.

Scientists at the University of New South Wales led a study to create a framework for risk assessment of 20 ecosystems around the world, carried out for the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

"This is one of the world's most significant conservation challenges and we really need a better system for understanding the risks to the world's ecosystems, so that we can make more informed decisions about sustainable environmental management," said research leader David Keith.

Ecosystems around the globe are facing unprecedented threats that affect biodiversity and, increasingly services that living organisms provide to people, including clean water, and agricultural and fisheries production, he said.

The 20 case studies in the research encompassed rainforests, wetlands, coral reefs and other major global ecosystems.

"Now, for the first time, we have a consistent method for identifying the most threatened ecosystems across land, freshwater and ocean environments," Keith said.

Topics: David Keith
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Curiosity rover escapes hidden Mars sand trap
2
Whale spotted in Virginia's Elizabeth River
3
Navy aviation tests combined unmanned, manned operations
4
Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: I'll take the ice bucket challenge, and improve it
5
Latvia boasts world's first net for migrating bats
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback