Species Survival Commission

The Red List Committee

The Red List Committee oversees and guides the work of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) on biodiversity assessments. This includes responsibility for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ and advising on the functioning of the Species Information Service (SIS).
The Red List Committee

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Jonathan Hutton



The Red List Committee sets the standards of scientific quality for the IUCN SSC’s work on biodiversity assessments, develops guidelines on the application of these standards, ensures that evaluations of petitions against the listing of particular taxa on The IUCN Red List are carried out professionally and impartially, and builds collaboration with other organisations working on biodiversity assessments.

The Red List Committee includes representatives of the Red List Partnership, the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and the IUCN Global Species Programme, as well as several co-opted members.

Working Groups and Task Forces

The Red List Committee delegates detailed technical work to working groups and task forces with agreed terms of reference. Current groups include: the Red List Technical Working Group, the National Red List Working Group, and the Species Conservation Success Task Force.

Red List Technical Working Group

Chair: Malin Rivers

The Red List Technical Working Group seeks to ensure that the SSC’s major global and regional biodiversity assessment projects are implemented in a consistent manner.

2018 IUCN SSC Red List Technical Working Group report

National Red List Working Group

Chair: Katherine Secoy

National (and Regional) Red Lists (NRLs) provide countries with key information about species status within their borders and can be used directly for national conservation and planning policies that support the effective protection of biodiversity.

Species Conservation Success Task Force

Co-chairs: Barney Long and Liz Bennet

Mission statement: To develop a “Green List of Species” to document and incentivise successful species conservation and recovery.

The IUCN Green Status of Species: Webpage
2019 IUCN SSC Species Conservation Success Task Force report
2018 IUCN SSC Species Conservation Success Task Force report

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