To save threatened species from extinction, it’s crucial to know which ones are in danger before actions can be planned. This is the thinking behind the Red List of threatened species created by the IUCN. So far, IUCN has assessed around 80,000 species. Its goal is to double this number by 2020. As many as 23,000 species have been found to be threatened with extinction.
How is Toyota involved?
Toyota has signed a five-year partnership with IUCN to provide funding to help IUCN achieve its goals. Toyota’s grant will enhance the Red List’s invaluable role in helping determine conservation policies; tracking progress toward reducing biodiversity loss providing data for scientific research and raising public awareness about species.
The funding will increase knowledge on the extinction risk of more than 28,000 species, including many that are key food sources for a significant portion of the global population.