Wildlife in a Changing World: The IUCN

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, an assessment of nearly 48,000 species reviewed annually “is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species . . . and now plays an increasingly prominent role in guiding conservation activities of governments, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and scientific institutions. The introduction in 1994 of a scientifically rigorous approach to determine risks of extinction that is applicable to all species, has become a world standard.” In order to produce the Red List, the IUCN “draws on and mobilizes a network of scientists and partner organizations working in almost every country in the world, who collectively hold what is likely the most complete scientific knowledge base on the biology and conservation status of species.”

The most recent reassessment of the information in the IUCN Red List is the184-page Wildlife in a Changing World, an analysis and updating of the 2008 IUCN Red List.

For more information, see the press release which accompanied this most recent update of the Red List, “Extinction Crisis Continues Apace”.

At the IUCN website you’ll also find a number of related factsheets, including a two page Fact Sheet on the IUCN Red List and a two page State of the World’s Species Fact Sheet.

Also of use may be the 40-page User’s Guide to the IUCN Red List Web Site and a tutorial video guide to searching the Red List.

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