Influencing policy


Species conservation relies on effective policy and decision-making. IUCN provides authoritative information and advice to support international conventions, governments and nations. This advice is used to develop international, regional or national conservation policy.

International Policy

The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are global targets that have been adopted in attempt to reduce species loss. 

IUCN provide scientific and technical advice to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and other partners, to meet the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, specifically:

  • Target 9 (Invasive Species)
  • Target 11 (Protected Areas and Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas)
  • Target 12 (Conservation of Species)

IUCN will play a key role in the redevelopment of these targets, which will be revised in 2020.

Data from The IUCN Red List are used as indicators for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 14-Life Below Water and Goal 15: Life on Land


Measuring the impact of policy

Biodiversity Indicators are statistical measures of biodiversity, which help scientists, managers, and politicians understand the condition of biodiversity and the factors that affect it. 

IUCN contributes directly to the biodiversity indicators used to measure the Aichi Biodiversity Targets through the Red List Index

Standardised measures make it easier to monitor, compare and communicate changes in the health and diversity of nature over time – in this way it is possible to know whether conservation action is working. 

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