SSC Groups

Directory of Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities, Task Forces of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) 


The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts working together in more than 140 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities and Task Forces. Some groups address conservation issues related to particular groups of plants, fungi or animals while others focus on broader issues such as reintroduction of species into former habitats, climate change, wildlife health and sustainable use and trade.

Masked Tree Frog




Mandarin Duck


Great White Shark


Fungus on willow


The hard clam or quahog, Mercenaria mercenaria is a bivalve mollusc native to the eastern shores of North America, from Prince Edward Island to the Yucatán Peninsula.




Carnivorous plant


Polar Bear

Disciplinary Groups


  • Participants to the Master Class on the Prevention and Mitigation of Human-Elephant Conflict Photo: IUCN

    Elephants and people: Exploring options for co-existence in Asia


    Analysing and understanding the complexities of human-wildlife conflicts and applying appropriate implementation methods and processes adapted to the local context, are critical in the prevention and mitigation of Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC).

  • The development and use of biodiversity indicators in business The development and use of biodiversity indicators in business. Photo: Shutterstock

    Navigating business indicators on biodiversity just got easier


    Paris, France, 29 November 2018 (IUCN) – Businesses struggling to identify indicators to measure their environmental performance will benefit from a new report released today by IUCN and Oxford University during Natural Capital Week.

  • grupal del Comité Directivo de la Comisión de Supervivencia de Especies de la UICN Group photo of the Steering Committee of IUCN Species Survival Commission gathered in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: SSC/IUCN

    Experts on species conservation gather in Bangkok


    The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Steering Committee will meet in Bangkok, Thailand, from October 15th to 18th, to examine its role and actions to address the challenges of biodiversity conservation. 

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