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IUCN knowledge by the numbers

filling a gap

50%

of conservation professionals do not yet have the access to the literature they need

making IUCN knowledge available

850,000+

pdf downloads from the IUCN online Library Portal in 2017

the Union's expertise

 13,000+

 members of six expert IUCN Commissions 

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A sound scientific basis is vital for effective decision-making in nature conservation. This encompasses compiling data and assessing them against formal standards, providing access to information, publishing research and analysis, and interacting with peer conservation science networks.

IUCN harnesses the 13,000-strong membership of the Union’s six expert Commissions to support assessments against the IUCN Red List, Key Biodiversity Areas and Protected Planet standards; runs library and publication services; and connects with peer networks like the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


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flooded field with trees in back and blue sky Photo: IUCN

Ecosystem Valuation

When businesses value environmental costs more consistently, better management decisions are made for the environment, society and the companies themselves.

 

Woman weaving a basket Woman weaving a basket Photo: IUCN / Ger Bergkamp

People in Nature (PiN)

An IUCN knowledge basket on the interrelationships between people and nature.

 

Structure of DNA Photo: CC0 Public Domain

Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation

Synthetic biology has no widely agreed definition. However, it is commonly understood as a field where engineering principles are applied to biology to design, construct or modify biological parts or systems.

 

Palm oil plantation in Sabah, Malaysia. Palm oil plantation in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo: HUTAN/KOCP

Palm oil and biodiversity conservation

With the disastrous impacts of palm oil on biodiversity from a global perspective, there are no simple solutions.

 

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