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The Species Conservation Cycle

The Species Conservation Cycle is made of five components, built on the SSC network, and its efforts to value and conserve biodiversity through three essential functions: Assess, Plan, and
Act. This process is completed by communicating to a wide variety of audiences.


ASSESS: Focus on monitoring species and informing the world about the status and trends of biodiversity, thus providing measures for the health of our biosphere.
PLAN: Aims to enhance collaborative, inclusive, and science-based strategies, including policy change, to ensure the most effective species conservation actions.
ACT: Improve the status of biodiversity, by convening and mobilizing actions involving governments, academia, civil society and the private sector.
NETWORK: Enhances and supports the SSC network to further significant outcomes across the species conservation cycle.
COMMUNICATE: The effectiveness of IUCN’s species conservation work is enhanced through strategic and targeted communications.

The Species Conservation Cycle is the conceptual framework for the activities established in the IUCN Species Strategic Plan 2017-2020. The plan encompasses the joint work of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the IUCN Global Species Programme, as well as a number of partnerships

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