NEW YORK, NY (September 27, 2012) —The IUCN World Conservation Congress has adopted a motion sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society and partners to create a Green List to assess conservation success. The Green List for Species would include species identified as ‘fully conserved,’ which are those that exist in ecologically significant numbers, interacting fully with other species in their ecosystems. The motion was adopted at the World Conservation Congress, which was held this month in Jeju, Republic of Korea.
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Gland, Switzerland: Twenty years after a moratorium was imposed on Canada’s northern cod fishery off Newfoundland’s coast, WWF introduces an innovative model designed to help finance the recovery and future sustainability of fisheries. WWF recently published Raising the “Sunken Billions”: Financing the transition to sustainable fisheries in Marine Policy detailing the establishment of a Financial Institution for the Recovery of Marine Ecosystems (FIRME) as a full-scale solution that finances conservation without adversely impacting livelihoods. “By providing loans to cover the upfront costs of conservation the FIRME will allow stocks to recover and ultimately generate profits exceeding the original investment,” explained Dr. Robert Rangeley, co-author and Vice President, WWF-Canada.