Challenging the Scientific Foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems

  title={Challenging the Scientific Foundations for an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems},
  author={Luigi Boitani and Georgina M. Mace and Carlo Rondinini},
  journal={Conservation Letters},
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is currently discussing the development of a Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) that would mirror the categories and criteria used to assess the conservation status of species. The suggested scientific foundations for the RLE are being considered by IUCN for adoption as the backbone of the RLE. We identify conceptual and operational weaknesses in the draft RLE approach, the categories, and criteria. While species are relatively well‐described… 
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