Our work

Framed by the Species Conservation Cycle, SSC’s major role is to provide information to IUCN on biodiversity conservation, the inherent value of species, their role in ecosystem health and functioning, the provision of ecosystem services, and their support to human livelihoods. 


The SSC network also provides scientific advice to conservation organisations, government agencies and other IUCN members, and supports the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements.

Policies, Guidelines and Standards

The Policies, Guidelines and Standards produced by the SSC provide guidance to specialized conservation projects and initiatives, such as re-introducing animals into their former ranges, handling confiscated specimens, and halting the spread of invasive species.

 

Resources

Species Reports

Latest Issue: Species No. 61 2020 (455 pages)

Species is the annual report of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the IUCN Secretariat. This publication summarises the SSC network's main achievements and challenges for the future. 

 

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SSC Quarterly Reports

Latest Issue: June 2022

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Quarterly Reports aim to share the activities of the SSC Chair’s Office and highlights from the SSC Network, while also offering a space to reflect and discuss conservation issues, with SSC leaders, members, IUCN Secretariat, the broader IUCN community, and partners.

 

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