Our Work

Through providing knowledge, influencing policy and implementing on the ground conservation projects, the IUCN Species Programme, in conjunction with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and partners, are driving the fight to save species for people and nature.


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. It is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change,


The conservation of species requires effective policies and decision making and IUCN provides authoritative information and advice to international conventions such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); governments and nations. 

Our expertise is also sought after by nations and regions who seek information to guide their decision-making and natural resource management priorities. To assist in the development of policy the IUCN SSC Specialist Groups have produced a number of publications that provide best practice guidelines on topics such as re-introductions and control of invasive species.


Conservation based on sound knowledge has helped prevent extinction and improve population levels amongst many species. Successful intervention includes species recovery programmes, establishment of protected areas, restoration of ecosystems; control of invasive species; reintroductions; ex-situ conservation measures and effective management programs.

IUCN with partners is supporting on the ground conservation with two funding mechanisms Save our Species (SOS) and the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP).



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