Species

The IUCN Global Species Programme, in conjunction with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and partners, are driving the fight to save species for people and nature.

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Key numbers on species

Assessed

91,523

species on the Red List

Threatened

25,821

species threatened with extinction

Target

160,000

species which the IUCN Red List aims to assess by 2020


How we engage

Species are critical for a healthy planet, but a growing human population is placing them under enormous pressure. Habitat destruction, invasive species, overexploitation, illegal wildlife trade, pollution and climate change are threatening the survival of species worldwide.

IUCN is at the forefront of the global fight to save species from extinction. Its Species Survival Commission has 6000+ members, within 130 Specialist Groups. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is used to guide decision making and conservation action. IUCN provides technical expertise for conservation issues and projects.


News

  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park, China - World Heritage site Mount Sanqingshan National Park, a World Heritage site in China Photo: IUCN / Chris Wood

    New IUCN report helps choose the right tools to assess how key natural areas benefit people

    07.08.2018

    IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) today has issued new guidance to help practitioners assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report reviews nine assessment tools, focussing on their...

  • Pangolin Monitoring Workshop Participants Photo: Cheryl-Samantha Owen

    Experts Gather in Cambridge to Improve Monitoring Methods for Pangolins

    01.08.2018

    IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group members and other experts gathered in Cambridge last week to share information and develop ecological monitoring methods for pangolins – Keri Parker, Communications Co-Vice Chair for the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group...

  • Will Darwall - Mekong Photo: Eddie Allison

    Freshwater Conservation : INTERVIEW

    16.07.2018

    Synchronicity Earth - an IUCN Member Organisation - have been supporting the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit (FBU) since 2013 and have recently published this interview with Dr Will Darwall, Head of FBU Programme. Will talks about the challenges facing...

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Pseudagrion kamiranzovu Photo: Jens Kipping

Freshwater biodiversity

The Freshwater Biodiversity Unit aims to put in place a factual basis for efforts to conserve and manage freshwater biodiversity.

 

Procambarus clarkii Photo: Jordi Ray Gabarra

Invasive species

The Invasive Species Team work across three major areas to reduce the impact of invasive alien species by providing robust scientific knowledge, support policy development and work on the ground.

 

Sustainable Use and Trade Photo: IUCN Bangladesh

Sustainable use and trade

The IUCN Sustainable Use and Trade Programme works to promote the conservation and sustainable use and trade of wild species.

 

Magellanic Penguins Photo: Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species team assess the conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species across the globe.

 

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Issues brief -  Palm oil and biodiversity Photo: IUCN

Palm oil and biodiversity

Palm oil is derived from the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), which is native to West Africa and grows best in tropical climates with abundant water. Three-quarters of total palm oil produced...

Issues brief: Coral reefs and climate change Photo: IUCN

Coral Reefs and climate change

Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have caused an increase in global surface temperature of approximately 1°C since pre-industrial times. This has led to unprecedented mass coral bleaching events...

Issues brief -  invasive alien species and climate change Photo: IUCN

Invasive alien species and climate change

Over the past few decades globalisation has increased the movement of people and goods around the world, leading to a rise in the number of species introduced to areas outside their natural ranges. A...

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