Monday, 17 November 2014

Project puts spotlight on protected reserves that boost biodiversity.

Green List promotes best conservation areas

14 November 2014 Corrected: 

Conservation groups often highlight species or ecosystems at risk. An effort launched on 14 November turns that approach on its head, seeking for the first time to systematically recognize the world's best-managed protected areas, which offer the most favourable conditions for flora and fauna.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) unveiled its Green List of 23 sites at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. The group, based in Gland, Switzerland, has long maintained a Red List of threatened species, which scientists and governments use as one measure of progress towards various biodiversity goals.

By some measures, global conservation efforts are succeeding. In 2010, the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) set a goal of protecting 17% of Earth's land surface and 10% of its oceans by 2020. Currently, 15.4% of land areas and 3.4% of oceans are set aside as protected areas, according to figures released on 13 November by the UN Environment Programme.

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