Species

The IUCN Global Species Programme, in conjunction with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and partners, are driving the fight to save species for people and nature.

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Key numbers on species

Assessed

91,523

species on the Red List

Threatened

25,821

species threatened with extinction

Target

160,000

species which the IUCN Red List aims to assess by 2020


How we engage

Species are critical for a healthy planet, but a growing human population is placing them under enormous pressure. Habitat destruction, invasive species, overexploitation, illegal wildlife trade, pollution and climate change are threatening the survival of species worldwide.

IUCN is at the forefront of the global fight to save species from extinction. Its Species Survival Commission has 6000+ members, within 130 Specialist Groups. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is used to guide decision making and conservation action. IUCN provides technical expertise for conservation issues and projects.


News

  • Waya Island from ridge Photo: Alan Tye

    IUCN responds to a call from Islands around the world

    13.07.2018

    IUCN has published new Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on Islands, which aims to catalyse strategic planning and assist the rational prioritization of scarce resources for successful action against invasive alien species....

  • words on left -plant growing on tree on right Photo: IUCN / Craig Beatty

    Biodiversity’s role in landscape restoration: INTERVIEW

    10.07.2018

    Biodiversity is inherently connected to forest landscape restoration, but conceptualising this relationship has been elusive – until now. A new publication called, ‘Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments’ is...

  • © Stewart MacDonald Photo: © Stewart MacDonald

    Australia’s reptiles threatened by invasive species, climate change – IUCN Red List

    05.07.2018

    Gland, Switzerland, 5 July 2018 (IUCN) – Australia’s unique reptiles – including lizards and snakes – face severe threats from invasive species and climate change, with 7% of them threatened with extinction, reveals the latest update of The IUCN Red List of...

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