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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 is celebrating 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.

Today we launch Red List 50, a campaign to celebrate our 50th anniversary and to ask for your help to continue our work.

Please visit the campaign’s website today and sign our pledge to support The IUCN Red List.

http://50.iucnredlist.org

The world’s species are counting on you.

Thank you for all that you do for nature,

Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Director General, IUCN

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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

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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Recent News


Vaquita, WWF, Mexico

Between a gill net and a hard place: more pressure on Vaquita

The world’s smallest cetacean, the Critically Endangered Vaquita (Phocoena sinus), is facing its most daunting challenge yet. Despite decades of conservation work to protect this porpoise in its limited habitat in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, an unlikely but illegal trade in wildlife has arisen all to quickly. Chinese demand for the swim bladder of another threatened species- the totoaba fish (Totoaba macdonaldi) is now accelerating the slide toward extinction for this species of porpoise. …  

11 Aug 2014 | News story

A field ranger keeps a close watch over a wild rhino to which he has been assigned in an African Game Park.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July. …   | French | Spanish

29 Jul 2014 | News story

Pangolin

Eating pangolins to extinction

The enigmatic pangolin, or scaly anteater, is literally being eaten out of existence according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which shows that all eight species are now threatened with extinction. …  

29 Jul 2014 | International news release

IUCN Red List

IUCN Red List wins 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Prize for Biodiversity

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is honoured this year, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, with the announcement that it will receive the 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Prize for Biodiversity. …   | Dutch

22 Jul 2014 | News story

12A-037-048, White-shouldered Ibis Robert Martin-WCS, SOS Save Our Species

The ibises of Tmatbauy village: a model for bird conservation in northern Cambodia?

Tmatbauy village is a special place. Located in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Tmatbauy is where to go to see the Critically Endangered Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantean) and White-shouldered Ibis (Pseudibis davisoni). The chances of spying these rare birds are increasing each season, thanks to an effective conservation model developed and implemented by SOS Grantee and IUCN Member WCS Cambodia in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and several local NGO partners. More importantly this model not only saves birds, but improves lives and changes local attitudes to conservation as well.   …  

14 Jul 2014 | News story