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Complete Title: 
IUCN Green Status of Species : a global standard for measuring species recovery and assessing conservation impact : version 2.0
IUCN Publication

The decline of many species towards extinction has largely focused conservation efforts on ensuring that species remain extant. However, conservationists have long recognised the need to complement this by aiming to recover depleted populations throughout a species’ range and to restore species to ecosystems from which they have been extirpated. The main objectives of the IUCN Green Status of Species are: to provide a standardised framework for measuring species recovery; to recognise conservation achievements; to highlight species whose current conservation status is dependent on continued conservation actions; to forecast the expected conservation impact of planned conservation action; and to elevate levels of ambition for long-term species recovery. These objectives together encourage conservation towards species recovery, throughout a species’ range.

Gland, Switzerland : IUCN, 2021
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iv, 26p. : ill.
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Including bibliograhic references.

Akçakaya et al. (2018) is considered to be version 1.0 of the IUCN Green Status of Species Standard; version 2.0 reflects the changes made in response to the testing and consultations that took place between 2018 and 2020. Perhaps most notably, there was a name change; version 1.0 refers to the "Green List of Species", which later became the "Green Status of Species" after stakeholder consultation. The use of version numbers links Akçakaya et al. (2018) to the current version of the Standard and makes it clear that they are advancing the same methodological framework. Because assessments have been made using both methods, the version numbers clarify which method has been used or referenced. You can view version 1.0 (Akçakaya et al. 2018) here:; the paper is Open Access. The full citation is: Akçakaya, H. R., et al. (2018). 'Quantifying species recovery and conservation success to develop an IUCN Green List of Species'. Conservation Biology, 32(5), 1128-1138.

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Record created: 2021/06/23
Record updated: 2021/08/09