At the beginning of the month the IUCN World Conservation Congress met in Hawaii to discuss the status of threatened and endangered species across the globe. IUCN stands for International Union for the Conservation of Nature , an international organization focused on conservation and sustainability as it relates to natural resources. The IUCN oversees the IUCN Red List, a comprehensive global database of the conservation status of plant and animal species.
The World Conservation Congress brings together a diverse group of people (leaders, decision-makers, academics, indigenous people) to determine the state of global conservation and identify necessary actions. The Congress deliberated over many conservation issues. Here are some of the them:
–The status of the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) changed from Extinct to Vulnerable. Good news but there is still much that needs to be done to protect this iconic species.
–The Eastern Gorilla (Gorilla beringei), the largest primate, is now listed as critically endangered due to poaching. It joins three other ape species on that unfortunate list.
-There are four Giraffe species according to recent genetic analysis. Before the Giraffe was considered to be one species with four subspecies.
–The oceans are screwed. Period.
–A ban on the trade of ivory. Amen.
-And much, much more…http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/press/iucn-congress-news A great list of press briefs from the recent Congress for those of you who would like to learn more about global conservation.