IUCN’S SPECIES SURVIVAL COMMISSION

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, “A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth”.


The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF) is a major partner in the global fight to protect wildlife from climate change, establishing a crucial partnership between the Foundation and the Climate Change Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission. The group, which consists of more than twenty leading scientists around the world, works to find ways of improving conservation actions for species impacted by climate change.

The Climate Change Summit in Paris discussed the clear and urgent threat to many thousands of species as weather systems and habitats change. The Foundation’s expertise and experience in protecting threatened species is a vital part of a global movement raising awareness and taking action against this growing threat to wildlife.

“We are delighted to support IUCN and this vital initiative, as we know it will make a significant contribution to protecting wildlife from the impacts of climate change.”Cheryl Williams, YWPF CEO

YWPF has pledged to provide expert and administrative support to the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group. Foundation and Specialist Group staff will work together to increase awareness about climate change, its impacts on wildlife, and the best ways to respond. The Foundation’s support will enable the completion and release of The IUCN Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. These guidelines will provide the conservation community with the best available scientific knowledge to guide important efforts to help species adapt to climate change.

At the climate change summit in Paris, the world’s leaders were warned about the perils of a continued global temperature rise from the emissions and burning fossil fuels. Ongoing threats such as deforestation magnify the impacts by removing animals’ natural sanctuaries as well as adding to climate imbalance. 195 countries signed up and agreed to cut global greenhouse gas emissions. The deal also includes provision of money for developing countries to help adaptation to climate change.

IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation has been a key player in working with the IUCN to produce a landmark report that warns of the ‘increasingly severe’ impact on wildlife from shifting weather patterns. The hard-hitting study, issued by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), defines the threat to biodiversity around the globe with natural habitat disappearing and many species pushed to the brink of extinction.

The ground breaking guidelines is aimed at pooling scientific knowledge to help conservation campaigners and projects protect the environment. It will be a major weapon in the battle to ensure species are not lost because of climate change. A partnership between the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation and the Climate Change Specialist Group of the IUCN – which consists of more than 20 of the world’s leading scientists – has been crucial for the production of the guidelines.

“We are delighted to support IUCN and this vital initiative, as we know it will make a significant contribution to protecting wildlife from the impacts of climate change. We are determined to do our part, and hope that local businesses, park supporters and members of the public will join us in making this a priority.”Cheryl Williams, YWPF Trustee
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You can download the “IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change” by clicking the button below:

“To develop effective species conservation plans, you need to work out how the species is being impacted by climate change, and how this will play out in the future. The IUCN Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change present the combined knowledge and experience of more than thirty scientists from around the world and can be used for any species – from polar bears to puffins and wildflowers”

“We are extremely glad to be partnering with the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We recognise the incredibly valuable role the park plays in helping people to understand climate change and how to combat it, and we greatly appreciate working together to ensure that the guidelines reach those who need them.”Dr Wendy Foden - Chair of the IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist Group