The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is working with leading zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, governance bodies, local communities and the private sector around the world to proactively advance a more united and integrated approach to effective assessment, planning and action for the long-term conservation of wild species at local, regional and national levels.
Many SSC Groups establish and nurture diverse partnerships with organisations that share a commitment to species conservation within their taxa, geography or discipline. Although the SSC Chair’s Office provides support, connections and small grant opportunities directly to individual SSC Groups, many of the partnerships led by the SSC Chair’s Office are focused on efforts that support the entire SSC network.
The SSC Partnership and Grants team works to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with the SSC network to improve the collective impact and effectiveness of species conservation efforts worldwide. These partnerships are focused on strategic support of the Species Strategic Plan and the Species Conservation Cycle: Assess, Plan and Act.
The team focuses on understanding and supporting SSC Groups in their partnership and grant needs as much as possible. We are also currently working to consolidate existing partners and build new partnerships to expand a coordinated platform of experts, local communities, national governments and organizations to lead and enhance our collective capacity to assess-plan-act for species conservation, especially at the local level. Through this approach, we continue to grow and refine the partnership structure to better reflect and support the interconnections between the different types of SSC Groups, Centers for Species Survival and other leading species conservation partners. Within this strategy, the SSC Chair’s Office has three key types of partners.