Target: International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Goal: Implement plan to track the environmental conservation efforts of each country in a timely manner
Conservationists gathered at the World Conservation Congress in South Korea this past September with new ideas on how to protect endangered species. The two programs are sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society and will include a Green List of Well-Managed Protected Areas and a Green List of Species in order to track and reward successful efforts to conserve species and their habitats. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) must be acknowledged for their ingenious efforts to preserve our planet.
Founded in 1948, the IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest environmental organization working towards sustainability and conservation of biodiversity. The union has already published “Red Lists’ which focus on avoiding extinction. These include The Red List of Threatened Ecosystems, which measures an ecosystem’s risk of collapse and also the Red List of Threatened Species, which tracks the risk of extinction. The Green List is intended to complement the Red Lists and will focus on identifying species that are fully conserved, existing in ecologically large numbers.
The Green List of Well-Managed Protected Areas will provide incentives for countries that are successfully able to control and maintain the factors that threaten ecosystems, such as farmers, developers and factories. Rewards will also be granted for said efforts and the IUCN plans to publicly report on each country’s progress so that others can learn and adopt successful conservation methods.
Although the Green List of Species is still in the concept stage, conservationists and organizers will return to the IUCN’s next gathering, which will meet in 2016, to discuss and devise a plan to create the list. Support and encourage the IUCN to fully implement the Green List in a timely fashion in order to effectively highlight conservation successes and improvements.
Dear International Union for the Conservation of Nature,
With increasing human populations and climate change on a global scale, species and their ecosystems are constantly under a threat of extinction. By collaborating with the Wildlife Conservation Society, you have allowed for the adoption of a new and inventive method of tracking and identifying fully conserved species and their ecosystems.
Conservation involves much more than just assessing the risk of extinction. Having the Green List implemented will shine a positive light on the efforts achieved rather than harping on all that still needs to be accomplished. Thank you for your conservation efforts and I encourage you to make sure that the Green List is fully developed in time for the next IUCN meeting in 2016.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Bob Embleton, geograph.org