The IUCN Red List Committee


The Red List Committee oversees and guides the work of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) on biodiversity assessments. This includes responsibility for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ and advising on the functioning of the Species Information Service (SIS).

The Red List Committee sets the standards of scientific quality for the IUCN SSC’s work on biodiversity assessments, develops guidelines on the application of these standards, ensures that evaluations of petitions against the listing of particular taxa on The IUCN Red List are carried out professionally and impartially, and builds collaboration with other organizations working on biodiversity assessments.

The Red List Committee includes representatives of the Red List Partnership, the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and the IUCN Global Species Programme, as well as several co-opted members.

Mike Hoffman, Senior Scientific Advisor to the SSC


The IUCN Red List Committee Chair:
Mike Hoffmann



Contact details for all Red List Committee members are available here


Working Groups

The Red List Committee delegates detailed technical work to working groups with agreed terms of reference. Current Working Groups include: the Red List Technical Working Group, the National Red List Working Group, the Red List Informatics Working Group, and the Data Access Working Group.

Red List Technical Working Group

Chair: Simon Hedges


National Red List Working Group

Chair: Katherine Secoy


Red List Informatics Working Group

Chair: Lucas Joppa



The Red List Committee meets in person usually once per year, and inter-sessionally by telephone usually once per year. The minutes of previous in-person meetings can be accessed at the links below.

21st meeting of the RLC (2015)
20th meeting of the RLC (2014)
19th meeting of the RLC (2013)
18th meeting of the RLC (2012)
17th meeting of the RLC (2011)

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