New ‘Green Status Of Species’ Will Measure Recovery Not Decline

"Rather than focus on decline, the new standard from the IUCN highlights successful conservation work — and incentivizes future efforts"

"This week, scientists unveiled a new standard for assessing the status of plant and animal species. Instead of focusing on decline, this new approach aims to measure recovery.

The Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) developed and adopted the new standard, which it has called the “green status of species.”

“Conservation has been dominated by a lot of doom and gloom,” said Molly Grace, a conservation biologist at the University of Oxford and the co-chair of the IUCN task force that worked on the green status. “[It] is a useful metric to see what conservation has done and what conservation can do.”"

Tik Root reports for the Washington Post July 28, 2021.


"For Species In The Red, IUCN’s New Green Status Signals Conservation Wins" (Mongabay)

Source: Washington Post, 07/29/2021