In 1980, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) published a long range-plan for preserving Earth's living resources. It rested on three major goals:
The strategy outlined special attention strategies for specific areas in the coming years. Firstly, desertification and erosion of genetic resources for crops must be halted and reversed to improve agriculture. Secondly, the forests must be saved, with a special focus on protecting watersheds. Thirdly, the oceans must be cared for.
Fourthly, endangered species would be given special attention, as resources in themselves and as parts of ecosystems. The IUCN gave top priority to saving species that are:
The IUCN wanted this World Conservation Strategy to be adopted by every nation and integrated into its everyday development policies. However, not many countries are showing great interest in the project, despite the urgent need for it. Obviously, more needs to be done in order to save our rapidly deteriorating planet and its rainbow of unique creatures. Earth needs your help, too.