Data, standards and tools
For many decades, IUCN has served as a standard-setter for conservation and sustainable development. Among the most widely-used IUCN standards are, for example, the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, the Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas, the Guidelines for Applying Protected area Management Categories, and the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions. The Union generates data to enable application of these standards, yielding knowledge products such as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas, and Protected Planet. These in turn allow the production of derived metrics such as the Species Threat Abatement and Restoration metric and indicators such as the Red List Index.
IUCN Commissions are networks of scientists and experts providing IUCN and its Members with technical and policy advice to drive conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to its Member and Commission networks, IUCN works with numerous other scientific networks which have remits touching into conservation, biodiversity, and sustainability.
IUCN publishes more than 25 original publications and over 30 translations every year, along with many other documents and guidelines. Learn more about our publications and publishing processes.
To provide access to science and knowledge related to nature and sustainable development, IUCN maintains digital and hard copy libraries housing both IUCN and non-IUCN resources.
Get involved with IUCN’s science
If you are a conservation or sustainable development expert, you can participate in IUCN's scientific networks by joining an IUCN Commission. You can also sign up for the IUCN Library's "Off the shelf" newsletter to receive information on the latest publications available in the IUCN Library.