Journal article

Towards consistency, rigour and compatibility of risk assessments for ecosystems and ecological communities

Emily Nicholson, Tracey J Regan, Tony D Auld, Emma L Burns, Laurie A Chisholm, Valerie English, Stephen Harris, Peter Harrison, Richard T Kingsford, Michelle R Leishman, Daniel J Metcalfe, Phil Pisanu, Christopher J Watson, Matthew White, Matt D White, Richard J Williams, Bruce Wilson, David A Keith

Austral Ecology | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015


Ecosystem-level conservation is increasingly important at global, national and local levels. Many jurisdictions have developed and apply their own protocols for assessing the threat status of ecosystems, often independently, leading to inconsistencies between and within countries which are problematic for cross-jurisdictional environmental reporting. Australia is a good example of these historic legacies, with different risk assessment methods applied nationally and in most states. The newly developed criteria for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) provide a framework to compare and contrast apparently divergent protocols. We critically..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

Funding Acknowledgements

This work stemmed from a workshop funded by the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) and Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP LP130100435 awarded to DAK, EN, TJR, RTK, TDA and PP. We thank R. Holdaway, E. Wright and S. Long for discussions and comments on the manuscript. EN was funded by a Centenary Research Fellowship from the Faculty of Science at The University of Melbourne.