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    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.


    Key numbers



    species on the Red List



    species threatened with extinction



    species which the IUCN Red List aims to assess by 2020

    How we engage

    Species are critical for a healthy planet, but growing pressures from human activities are putting them at risk of extinction. 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 over 9000 members, within 160 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.


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      #ReverseTheRed live webinar


      What if we could change the outcomes for threatened species? December 9th, 10AM EST (UTC-5)

    • Female Northern-Yellow cheeked Gibbon and her baby Photo: Santiago Cassalett

      New?conservation action to save four threatened gibbon species


      On International Gibbon Day, IUCN Save Our Species announces it is launching a new Gibbon conservation initiative this year to save four Critically Endangered and Endangered gibbon species.  

    • Coastal Wetland A new study in Nature finds that countries are falling short of meeting biodiversity targets despite an increase in areas under protection worldwide.  Photo: StockSnap, PIxabay

      Nations fall short on biodiversity despite protected area growth – IUCN co-authored study


      Gland, Switzerland, 7 October 2020 (IUCN) – National governments have fallen short on delivering conservation commitments for protected and conserved areas under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), despite the expansion in protected areas over...

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    Sustainable Use and Trade Photo: IUCN Bangladesh

    Sustainable use and trade

    Monkey Photo: Slavena Paneve via Unsplash (CC)

    The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

    Procambarus clarkii Photo: Jordi Ray Gabarra

    Invasive species

    Pseudagrion kamiranzovu Photo: Jens Kipping

    Freshwater biodiversity

    Quick reads

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

    Species and climate change Photo: IUCN

    Species and Climate Change

    Mean global temperatures have risen ~1oC since pre-industrial times as a result of human activities. In addition to increasing global temperatures, the impacts of climate change include extreme...
    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...
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