Science and Economics

Science and Economics at the heart of IUCN



IUCN knowledge by the numbers

filling a gap


of conservation professionals do not yet have the access to the literature they need

making IUCN knowledge available

1 million +

pdf downloads from the IUCN online Library Portal in 2019

the Union's expertise


 members of six expert IUCN Commissions 

How we engage

A sound scientific basis is vital for effective decision-making in nature conservation. This encompasses compiling data and assessing them against formal standards, providing access to information, publishing research and analysis, and interacting with peer conservation science networks.

IUCN harnesses the 13,000-strong membership of the Union’s six expert Commissions to support assessments against the IUCN Red List, Key Biodiversity Areas and Protected Planet standards; runs library and publication services; and connects with peer networks like the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


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