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

Assessed

116,177

species on the Red List

Threatened

31,030

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 growing pressures from human activities are putting them at risk of extinction. 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 over 9000 members, within 160 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

  • African elephants at a watering hole Travel restrictions and closures of protected areas in many countries in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic have led to dramatic losses of income from tourism for many local communities living in or near such areas. The BIOPAMA and Save our Species grants will provide critical and urgently needed support to such communities. Photo: Paul Funston

    Six million Euros made available for conservation action to counter COVID-19 impacts

    03.08.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 4 August 2020 (IUCN) – A total of six million Euros in emergency relief funding to address biodiversity conservation needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is being made available by the International Union for Conservation of Nature...

  • Tiger in watering hole Vidharba landscape, Maharashtra State, India Photo: DCF Brahmapuri

    International Tiger Day: Discover amazing tiger pictures straight from the field

    28.07.2020

    To celebrate International Tiger Day, we asked grantees from the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) to share camera trap pictures with us.

  • A ring-tailed lemur sitting on a tree branch The ring-tailed lemur (lemur catta) is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. This lemur is found in the dry forests, spiny bush, montane forest, mangroves, rocky outcrops, and one rainforest in southern and south-western Madagascar, and in one humid forest in south-eastern Madagascar. Despite the species' large range and flexibility, its population density is often very low and populations are largely restricted to isolated forest fragmentsExperts suspect that its population has declined by at least 50% over a three-generation period.  Photo: Zwennie (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Almost a third of lemurs and North Atlantic Right Whale now Critically Endangered - IUCN Red List

    09.07.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 9 July 2020 (IUCN) – Almost a third (31%) of all lemur species in Madagascar are now Critically Endangered – just one step away from extinction – with 98% of them threatened, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened...

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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Sustainable Use and Trade Photo: IUCN Bangladesh

Sustainable use and trade

Procambarus clarkii Photo: Jordi Ray Gabarra

Invasive species

Pseudagrion kamiranzovu Photo: Jens Kipping

Freshwater biodiversity

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Species and climate change Photo: IUCN

Species and Climate Change

Mean global temperatures have risen ~1ºC since pre-industrial times as a result of human activities. In addition to increasing global temperatures, the impacts of climate change include extreme...
thumbnail_IAS and sustainable development_issues brief Photo: IUCN

Invasive alien species and sustainable development

Alien or non-native species are animals, plants or other organisms introduced by humans, either intentionally or accidentally, into areas outside their natural range. Some of these species become...
Issues brief -  Palm oil and biodiversity Photo: IUCN

Palm oil and biodiversity

Palm oil is derived from the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), which is native to West Africa and grows best in tropical climates with abundant water. Three-quarters of total palm oil produced...
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