1) broadening and strengthening our understanding of human impact on biodiversity;
2) helping to track progress towards major global biodiversity-related targets;
3) influencing globally flexible conservation spending; and
4) demonstrating the importance and value of biodiversity to society.
The IUCN Red List is fundamentally a database of information related to species risk of extinction and conservation needs. Information is presented at the species level and therefore the Red List has at its core, a taxonomic backbone. Currently the IUCN Red List profiles over 47,000 species and is growing each year.
Red List – Provides taxonomic, conservation status, and distribution information on taxa that are facing a high risk of global extinction.