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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Celebrating 50 Years

Throughout 2014 we are celebrating the significant contribution of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in guiding conservation action and policy decisions over the past 50 years. The IUCN Red List is an invaluable conservation resource, a health check for our planet – a Barometer of Life.

We have launched a new campaign, Red List 50, to celebrate The IUCN Red List's 50th anniversary. Feel free to explore our new website, sign our pledge and share with friends and family. 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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