Professor David Keith and IUCN Red List Team Win Eureka

Professor David Keith and IUCN Red List Team Win Eureka

Professor David Keith, holding a joint position in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW, Australia and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and his team are deserved winners of the 2015 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. His team consists of researchers around Australia, overseas and in government agencies. The team have pioneered new ways of assessing ecosystems, built on sound theory and practical application. This is such an important development because current approaches of just focusing on species are failing in conservation effectiveness. The world has needed a new way of measuring how our planet is faring and the Red Listing of Ecosystems provides it. It is founded on four key qualities: realism, generality, precision and simplicity. Keith and his team have now applied red listing criteria across the globe and in the different realms of terrestrial, freshwater, marine and even subterranean ecosystems. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has adopted the global program, rolling it out with a target to assess all ecosystems by 2025. Keith and his team are continuing to improve this landmark approach, showing it can be adapted to the international, national and state scales, making it particularly relevant in Australia.

Project: 
Red List of Ecosystems
Research Programs: 
Adaptive Management
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