About & how we engage

With more than 10,500 volunteer experts, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) work independently and with the different IUCN Units to build knowledge on the status of species and threats to them and to provide advice, develop policies and guidelines and facilitate conservation planning. Through this work, SSC catalyses conservation action and enables IUCN to influence policy and assist societies in biodiversity conservation.

The SSC network


168 groups in 175 countries comprise the SSC network, distributed in Red List Authorities, Task Forces, Action Partnership, Conservation Committees and Specialist Groups.

Barometer of life


Red List Partnership and SSC network delivered key indicators through the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, up to date, 142,000+ species have been assessed.

Capacity building


The SSC Chair’s Office is partnered with leading species conservation organisations to leverage the Network capacity and implement further conservation action.

Our work

SSC members provide scientific advice to conservation organisations, government agencies and other IUCN members, and support the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements.

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IUCN Species Strategic Plan

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The IUCN Species Strategic Plan encompasses the joint work of the Species Survival Commission as well as a number of partnerships. This 2021-2025 IUCN Species Strategic Plan collect high-level goals of the Species Conservation Cycle, and Key Species Results (KSR) determined by the SSC network.

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High-level interventions address conservation issues of serious and urgent concern, through letters to governments or private companies which highlight the threat(s) to species and /or their habitats, using SSC expert advice, proposing suitable action to influence decision-making and therefore helping to avoid or reduce any adverse impacts on biodiversity. 

Reverse the Red

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Committing to REVERSE the current negative trends in THE RED list status of species, Reverse the Red aims to ignite optimism and collaborative action to guarantee the survival of all species we share this planet with, and the ecosystems they live in. 

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SSC leadership

Aimed to support the mission of SSC by empowering and accompanying the network, providing leadership, boosting impact, helping build capacity, keeping efforts on track, and building partnerships.

Jon Paul Rodriguez

Jon Paul Rodríguez

He has been working for species conservation since he was a biology undergraduate. Professor and founder of a Venezuelan conservation NGO, Jon Paul currently Chairs the SSC.

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We need more collaboration. We need to bring together the expertise, the political power, the urgency and passion, and the resources. We need ambitious targets to be set by global leaders. We need concerned citizens to push for this. We need to bring everyone in to achieve those targets. 

Rima Jabado

Rima Jabado

She is a scientist and conservationist that has experience as a government official, and director for non-profit organizations. In 2022, Rima was appointed SSC Deputy Chair.

Kira Mileham

Kira Mileham

She is a science communicator focused on species conservation through collaborative partnerships. Currently, Kira is the SSC Director of Strategic Partnerships. 

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Press release
IUCN calls for halt to species decline by 2030

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11 October 2019 (IUCN) – IUCN has issued an urgent call to massively scale up species conservation action in response to the escalating biodiversity crisis. The Abu Dhabi Call for Global Species Conservation…