Red List 50th Anniversary

The IUCN Red List

Guiding Conservation for 50 Years

In 2014 we are celebrating the significant contribution of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in guiding conservation action and policy decisions over the past 50 years. The IUCN Red list is an invaluable conservation resource, a health check for our planet – a Barometer of Life.

The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species and their links to livelihoods. Far more than a list of species and their status, the IUCN Red List is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information on population size and trends, geographic range and habitat needs of species.

The target for the ‘Barometer of Life’ is to increase the number of species on the IUCN Red List to at least 160,000 by 2020, improving the taxonomic coverage and thus providing a stronger base to enable better conservation and policy decisions.

Nominate a Red List Hero!


Recognizing human support of species

The IUCN Red List is the primary source of species data for scientists, students, governments, and other organizations, but what the Red List actually represents is over fifty years of conservation action by the dedicated people who make biodiversity conservation a reality. These people have devoted their lives, often at great personal and financial cost, to protecting and conserving species. To celebrate 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is to celebrate the Heroes of conservation and it is in this spirit that we ask for your help in nominating the extraordinary individuals who, against odds and currents, make the IUCN Red List a Barometer of Life.

Below, you will find the specific criteria for nominations, but briefly, your nominee(s) should be people who have:

  1. made major contributions in the assessment of species on the IUCN Red List; and / or
  2. contributed substantially to the science of the IUCN Red List, including to the definition or refinement of Red List criteria and related processes; and / or
  3. provided leadership in driving the IUCN Red List forward; and / or
  4. mobilized resources or knowledge for Red Listing purposes; and / or
  5. promoted the use of the IUCN Red List in policy development, conservation planning and resource allocation; and / or
  6. promoted the visibility and profile of the IUCN Red List with the media and wider public.

Our aim is to nominate 20-50 Heroes and profile their contributions to the IUCN Red List through Factsheets and on the IUCN blog on National Geographic’s NewsWatch website. It is also our hope that the Red List Heroes can serve as ambassadors for conservation for a new generation of conservationists that will take hold of the IUCN Red List for the next 50 years.

 

Red List Hero Nomination Form
Jane Smart Global Director of IUCN's Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of IUCN's Global Species Programme.

Jane Smart Global Director of IUCN's Biodiversity Conservation Group and Director of IUCN's Global Species Programme.

Photo: Jane Smart

  • Bunaea alcinoe Kitale, Kenya February 2014

    Bunaea alcinoe Kitale, Kenya February 2014

    Photo: Craig Beatty

  • African Candelabra (Euphorbia amark)

    African Candelabra (Euphorbia amark)

    Photo: Forest and Kim Starr

  • Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) Near Threatened

    Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) Near Threatened

    Photo: Frank Hawkins

  • unidentified fungi, Florida palm flatwoods

    unidentified fungi, Florida palm flatwoods

    Photo: Craig Beatty

  • African Lungfish (Protopterus annectens)

    African Lungfish (Protopterus annectens)

    Photo: T. Moritz