IUCN Species Survival Commission
Since 1948 IUCN – The World Conservation Union has endeavoured to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. More than 10,000 internationally recognised scientists and experts from more than 180 countries volunteer their services to its six global commissions, the largest of which is the IUCN Species Survival Commission. The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) serves as the main source of advice to the Union and its members on the technical aspects of species conservation; this is achieved through a volunteer network of nearly 7,000 scientists, field researchers, government officials and conservation leaders. The UK office of the SSC is based in Cambridge and houses three international programmes. These are: Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme – Aims to put in place a factual underpinning to support efforts to conserve and manage freshwater biodiversity. Red List Programme – Responsible for the compilation, management and production of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Wildlife Trade Programme – Identifies species threatened by trade and recommends actions to address these threats.