“Is avoiding extinction enough?”
From | Shark News Issue 06
Written by | Alexandra Morata
«“Is avoiding extinction enough?” asked Dr Molly Grace. Generally, the IUCN Red List of Threated Species is used to measure the conservation status of species, but is a status of Least Concern sufficient to show the progress of conservation measures implemented? Or to show that a species has recovered? Those questions ultimately led to the development of the IUCN Green Status. The purpose of the Green Status is to answer, “When has a species recovered?” and “How to recover species functions?” in a measurable and standardized manner. In July 2021, the first 181 IUCN Green Status of Species were integrated with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Since then, more species have been assessed using this new tool, including five shark, ray, and chimaera species: Banded Wobbegong (Orectolobus halei), Blue Shark (Prionace glauca), Bonnethead Shark (Sphyrna tiburo), Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias).
Given how recently the Green Status of Species was established, many are unaware of how to use this new tool. Thus, the IUCN Green Status of Species webinar was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. It was organized by the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG) and led by Dr Molly Grace, Co-Chair of the IUCN Green Status of Species Working Group.»
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