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

98,512

species on the Red List

Threatened

27,159

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

  • Snow Leopard Snow Leopard Photo: Snow Leopard Trust

    SOS Central Asia initiative calls for proposals

    11.06.2019

    IUCN SOS opens a Call for Proposals for grants under its Central Asia Initiative. Civil Society Organisations that would like to submit proposals focusing on the conservation of the Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) and the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia...

  • The Sundarbans, Bangladesh, World Heritage site The Sundarbans in Bangladesh is part of the world’s largest mangrove forest, lying on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers and bordering India’s Sundarbans National Park, also a World Heritage site. Photo: IUCN / Mizuki Murai

    IUCN advises “in danger” status for three World Heritage sites

    07.06.2019

    IUCN, the official advisor on natural World Heritage, recommends for three natural sites to be listed as “World Heritage in danger”: the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North...

  • rainbow wheel for SDGs on left and words on right Photo: IUCN

    From helplessness to hope through restoration

    23.05.2019

    With successive waves of environmental foreboding predicted by the world’s leading scientific authorities, hopeful nature-based solutions for the planet’s future have never been more necessary. Fortunately, from increasing the productivity of degraded lands...

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Quick reads

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

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...

Issues brief: Coral reefs and climate change Photo: IUCN

Coral reefs and climate change

Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have caused an increase in global surface temperature of approximately 1°C since pre-industrial times. This has led to unprecedented mass coral bleaching events...

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...

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