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50 Years of the IUCN Red List

Celebrating the Importance of the Red List in Species Conservation

As you may know, IUCN has celebrated the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The IUCN Red List has evolved over fifty years to become the global authority on the conservation status of wild species. Far more than just a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool that drives action for nature conservation.

We are extremely proud of the work we have done so far, but there is much more to be done. Our goal is to assess at least 160,000 species by 2020 — more than double the current total. This will provide a more complete “Barometer of Life” to enable wiser decision-making and action on the ground.

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A whale shark cruises through the warm waters of South Ari Marine Protected Area, South Ari Atoll, Maldives.

A whale shark cruises through the warm waters of South Ari Marine Protected Area, South Ari Atoll, Maldives.

Photo: Alissa Nagel

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IUCN Washington D.C.

As the home of the U.S. Government as well as important international institutions such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. represents a critical focus of IUCN’s efforts to influence global policy on conservation and sustainable development.

The IUCN Washington D.C. Office works with IUCN Members in the United States, global institutions, and the U.S. donor community to further conservation worldwide. It also supports IUCN’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York.

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20 Feb 2015 | International news release

A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

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Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

Forest in Germany

Failing to protect nature's capital could cost businesses trillions

This OpEd piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business 

29 Jan 2015 | Article

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

At last some good news for the high seas: Progress towards a legally binding treaty to safeguard the ocean beyond national boundaries

In the early hours of a snowy Saturday morning in New York, United Nations delegates took a historic step towards safeguarding the global ocean commons. Government representatives at a UN meeting agreed to launch a formal preparatory process for a global and legally-binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

26 Jan 2015 | News story

IUCN welcomes Burundi as a new State Member

IUCN extends a warm welcome to the Republic of Burundi, which has officially announced its decision to become a Member of IUCN by endorsing the IUCN Statutes. The Ministry for Water, Environment, Land Management and Urban Development confirmed the Government’s decision and has designated the Burundian Office for the Protection of the Environment (OBPE) as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat. …   | French | Spanish

19 Jan 2015 | News story