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

  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Photo: IUCN / Ismail Mohammed

    IUCN advises in-danger status for Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago World Heritage site

    18.06.2018

    Uncontrolled development, unsustainable fisheries and invasive species threaten Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which recommends placing the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

  • Asian Small-Clawed Otter Asian Small-Clawed Otters - listed as Vulnerable to extinction on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Photo: Nicole Duplaix

    Southeast Asia's appetite for pet otters supplied online

    08.06.2018

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8th June 2018—The online pet trade has emerged as a pressing threat to otters in Southeast Asia with a new TRAFFIC-IUCN Otter Specialist Group (OSG) study revealing hundreds of the animals for sale on Facebook and other websites over a...

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

    18.05.2018

    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Quick reads

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

Species and climate change

The combined effects of human-induced global warming and ocean acidification constitute an unprecedented threat to biodiversity and humanity alike. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC...

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...

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...

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