There is an unprecedented declining of threatened species, and more than 20,000 have been assessed on The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
The IUCN and other organisations come together to support the achievement of a global biodiversity target to prevent species loss.
The partnership Friends of Target 12 will guide countries in their efforts to prevent extinctions of threatened species and improve the conservation status of those disappearing rapidly.
This will help them achieve the so-called Target 12 one of 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Japan in 2010.
"Today, species are disappearing at unprecedented rates," says Jane Smart, Global Director of The IUCN's Biodiversity Conservation Group.
"However, we know that conservation works. We need to do much more of it and at a much larger scale. We hope that this partnership will provide the concerted action that we urgently need to secure the long term survival of species."
The initiative aims to bring together the knowledge and experience of government institutions, intergovernmental, non-governmental and community-based organisations, academic and professional networks and private sector companies working to conserve species and ensure their sustainable use.
It will offer practical advice to countries on how to better protect species, providing a common space for its partners to share and build on their previous conservation successes. More....