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

93,577

species on the Red List

Threatened

26,197

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

  • The IUCN Red List Website is now live Photo: Mark Joy

    The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ Launches New Website

    14.09.2018

    The IUCN Red List is proud to announce the release of a new website – IUCN 14 September 2018

  • Photo: Finn Thilsted, World Fish Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Water for fish: Sustainable inland fisheries

    10.09.2018

    Inland fisheries are being overlooked in policy, management and development decisions, undermining the vital food and livelihood benefits they provide to the poor – Conservation International and Co-chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission Freshwater...

  • Photo: Dan Ryan - Plant Life

    Hugh Synge

    07.09.2018

    IUCN mourns the loss of Hugh Synge, who passed away on 4 August after a brief but fierce battle with cancer.

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