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World Conservation Union (IUCN)
The World Conservation Union was founded in 1948, and brings together States, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership: over 980 members in all, spread across some 140 countries.
IUCN's mission is to 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.
2000 IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species
IUCN, through its Species Survival Commission (SSC) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties and selected sub-populations on a global scale in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and therefore promote their conservation. Although today UCN is operating in a very different political, economic, social and ecological world from that of the first IUCN Red Data Book, the SSC remains firmly committed to providing the world with the most objective, scientifically-based information on the current status of globally threatened biodiversity. The taxa assessed for the IUCN Red List are the bearers of genetic diversity and the building blocks of ecosystems and information on their conservation status and distribution provides the foundation for making informed decisions about preserving biodiversity at local to global levels.For more information, visit the Web site:http://www.redlist.org/info/introduction.html