The IUCN Global Species Programme

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The IUCN Global Species Programme produces, maintains and manages The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It implements global species conservation initiatives, including Red List biodiversity assessment projects to assess the status of species for the IUCN Red List and on the ground conservation projects through Save Our Species (SOS) and the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP).

Managed from IUCN’s international headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, it has  technical units based in:

  • Cambridge, UK (Red List Unit and Freshwater Biodiversity Unit) 
  • near Washington DC, USA (Biodiversity Assessment Unit)

The Species Programme also supports the activities of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and its constituent Specialist Groups, and acts as Secretariat focal point for SSC. It is an integral part of the IUCN Secretariat.

The Species Programme and SSC work together with a wide variety of partners, including the IUCN Red List Partnership and other IUCN members.


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