Sir Peter Scott (1909-1989)

The legacy

More than 50 years ago, the young Peter Scott looked at the state of the natural world and became concerned about what he saw as the growing threat to its future.

The term "biodiversity" had not yet been coined but his concerns led him to work with the newly created IUCN and in 1949 they established the Survival Service programme to help combat the loss of species. In 1956 this programme became a formal commission, the Survival Service Commission, which was the predecessor of today's Species Survival Commission (SSC) . He was chairman of the SSC from 1963 to 1980.

Peter Scott's commitment to global conservation, IUCN and SSC left a legacy of achievement recognized throughout the conservation community. He founded the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the largest international wetland conservation charity in the UK. Peter Scott was a founder and first chairman of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 1961, originator of the IUCN Red Data Books in 1962, and founder of many local and regional conservation bodies.