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50 Years of the IUCN Red List

Celebrating the Importance of the Red List in Species Conservation

As you may know, IUCN is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The IUCN Red List has evolved over fifty years to become the global authority on the conservation status of wild species. Far more than just a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool that drives action for nature conservation.

We are extremely proud of the work we have done so far, but there is much more to be done. Our goal is to assess at least 160,000 species by 2020 — more than double the current total. This will provide a more complete “Barometer of Life” to enable wiser decision-making and action on the ground.

Today we launch Red List 50, a campaign to celebrate our 50th anniversary and to ask for your help to continue our work.

Please visit the campaign’s website today and sign our pledge to support The IUCN Red List.

http://50.iucnredlist.org

The world’s species are counting on you.

Thank you for all that you do for nature,

Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Director General, IUCN

To learn about upcoming events and activities and other interesting IUCN News follow @IUCNRedList and @IUCNDC.

We appreciate your support of our important work learning about and describing biodiversity and its connections to human livelihoods across the world. Please consider a tax-deductable donation to IUCN-US to help us continue this important work.

A whale shark cruises through the warm waters of South Ari Marine Protected Area, South Ari Atoll, Maldives.

A whale shark cruises through the warm waters of South Ari Marine Protected Area, South Ari Atoll, Maldives.

Photo: Alissa Nagel

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IUCN Washington D.C.

As the home of the U.S. Government as well as important international institutions such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. represents a critical focus of IUCN’s efforts to influence global policy on conservation and sustainable development.

The IUCN Washington D.C. Office works with IUCN Members in the United States, global institutions, and the U.S. donor community to further conservation worldwide. It also supports IUCN’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York.

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Recent News


Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Red-eyed tree frog, Costa Rica

Countries’ economic power does not predict conservation performance

Gland, Switzerland, 1 December 2014 – Some countries are doing better than others at conserving their share of global vertebrate biodiversity, and the factors of success are not related to economic wealth. …  

01 Dec 2014 | International news release

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji

IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas

Sydney, Australia – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging from halting rainforest loss in the Asia-Pacific and tripling ocean protection off Africa’s coasts to a business commitment to plant 1.3 billion trees along the historic Silk Road.  | French | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2014 | International news release

Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Global appetite for resources pushing new species to the brink – IUCN Red List

Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel, Chinese Cobra and an Australian butterfly are threatened with extinction

Fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources are threatening the survival of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Chinese Pufferfish, American Eel and Chinese Cobra, while the destruction of habitat has caused the extinction of a Malaysian mollusc and the world’s largest known earwig, and threatens the survival of many other species – according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

17 Nov 2014 | International news release

The French Pyrenees National Park has been confirmed as a Green List site

Green is the new gold

The Green List was launched to a rousing reception at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. …   | French

15 Nov 2014 | International news release