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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Guiding Conservation for 50 Years

In 2015 we continue our campaign to build The IUCN Red List into a more complete Barometer of Life. With your support we can reach our goal of assessing at least 160,000 species by 2020!

The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species and their links to livelihoods. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation and policy change critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. For each assessed species, The IUCN Red List provides information on population size and trends, geographic range and habitat needs.

Many species groups including mammals, amphibians, birds, reef-building corals and conifers have been comprehensively assessed. However, there is much more to be done and increased investment is needed urgently to build The IUCN Red List into a more complete ‘Barometer of Life’. To do this we need to increase the number of species assessed from the current count of just over 76,000 to at least 160,000 by 2020, improving the taxonomic coverage and thus providing a stronger base to enable better conservation and policy decisions.

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