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

105,500 +

species on the Red List

Threatened

28,000 +

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

  • The New Lion Economy Photo: The New Lion Economy report

    Where lions go, Africa goes. Unlocking the value of lions and their landscapes

    05.09.2019

    Lions and their landscapes are a major part of Africa’s lifeblood indicator. Facing a catastrophic decline in lion population and habitat, a fresh report is the first to look in detail at the wider ecosystem services lions and "lionscapes" provide.

  • Participants during the SMART workshop organised by the MIKE programme Photo: ©IUCN

    Thailand introduces SMART tech to protect Asian elephants

    03.09.2019

    In early May, the Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), organised a three-day...

  • African Elephant. African Elephant, a key topic during CITES discussions in Geneva, 2019. Photo: © Bernard Dupont, CC BY-SA 2.0

    IUCN Informs Key Decisions at the CITES Conference on Wildlife Trade

    30.08.2019

    At the recently concluded 18th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties (CoP18), IUCN expertise supported key decisions towards ensuring sustainable and legal trade in wildlife, writes Patricia...

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Publications

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Sustainable Use and Trade Photo: IUCN Bangladesh

Sustainable use and trade

Pseudagrion kamiranzovu Photo: Jens Kipping

Freshwater biodiversity

Monkey Photo: Slavena Paneve via Unsplash (CC)

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Procambarus clarkii Photo: Jordi Ray Gabarra

Invasive species

Quick reads

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

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...

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...

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