The International Union for Conservation of Nature looks as though they’ll be adding a positive spin to their work: Adding a Green List of species to the existing Red List of endangered species. The Green List will highlight those species which aren’t at risk of extinction, are “fully conserved” and “that exist in ecologically significant number, interacting fully with other species in their ecosystems.”
Though it somehow sounds like the intro to a piece in The Onion about endangered species, the idea, adopted at the World Conservation Congress in Korea, is intended to highlight the fact that conservation isn’t just about saving individual species from extinction, but is also about preserving intact ecosystems.
Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper:
“The conservation community should be giving to the world a positive and proactive vision of success: Species at or near their natural carrying capacity, as integral parts of fully functional ecosystems.” (Science Daily)
As of yet, it has not been determined which species will be included in the Green List. IUCN has been tasked to conduct “an international scientific consultation process to develop consensus and rigorous criteria” prior to the actual list being created.