Species Survival Commission

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of thousands of volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of "a just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth".


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SSC logo SSC logo Photo: IUCN The Species Survival Commission’s more than 9,000 experts work independently and with the IUCN Global Species Programme to build knowledge on the status of species and threats to them, and to provide advice, develop policies and guidelines and facilitate conservation planning. Through this work, SSC catalyses conservation action and enables IUCN to influence policy and assist societies in biodiversity conservation.


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    ASAP launches its first small grant scheme for Southeast Asian species on the brink of extinction


    The IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP), with support from Fondation Segré, has launched a Rapid Action Fund for tackling the extinction crisis in Southeast Asia. Small grants are now available for urgent conservation action that focuses on...

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    IUCN deplores the brutal killing of 17 people in Virunga National Park


    IUCN is deeply shocked by the tragic loss of 12 park rangers, a staff driver and four civilians close to Virunga National Park, following an attack by armed militia on 24 April. One of the world’s most biodiversity-rich areas and home to the last remaining...

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    IUCN statement on the COVID-19 pandemic


    As the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stands in solidarity with all those already directly affected by the virus around the world. Our thoughts are with all vulnerable...

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Honours and Awards

SSC is an exceptional network of volunteer experts. This page is public recognition and a celebration of the extraordinary contributions of its membership.
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SSC Partners

The work of the SSC Chair's Office is possible thanks to the generous financial support from our partners.
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SSC Leaders' Meeting 2019

Held every four years, The Leaders’ Meeting is a central feature of planning, thinking and cooperating within SSC and with the other components of the Union and beyond.
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