In 2014 we celebrated the 50 years of significant contributions made by The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in guiding conservation action and policy decisions. The IUCN Red list is an invaluable conservation resource, a health check for our planet – a Barometer of Life.


The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species and their links to livelihoods. Far more than a list of species and their status, the IUCN Red List is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information on population size and trends, geographic range and habitat needs of species.


The target for the ‘Barometer of Life’ is to increase the number of species on the IUCN Red List to at least 160,000 by 2020, improving the taxonomic coverage and thus providing a stronger base to enable better conservation and policy decisions.