The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union which is formed of both government and civil society organizations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to come together.
Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 16,000 experts.
Through their affiliation with IUCN, Member organisations are part of a democratic process, voting Resolutions which drive the global conservation agenda. They meet every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress to set priorities and agree on the Union’s work programme.
IUCN congresses have produced several key international environmental agreements including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the World Heritage Convention, and the Ramsar Convention on wetlands.
We continue to help these conventions strengthen and evolve so that they can respond to emerging challenges.
Our Member organisations are represented by the IUCN Council – the governing body. Headquartered in Switzerland, IUCN Secretariat comprises around 950 staff in more than 50 countries.
By facilitating these solutions, IUCN provides governments and institutions at all levels with the impetus to achieve universal goals, including on biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development, which IUCN was instrumental in defining.
IUCN works across a wide range of themes related to conservation, environmental and ecological issues like: Business and Biodiversity, Climatic Change, Economics, Ecosystem Management, Environmental Law, Forests, Gender, Global Policy, Science and Knowledge, Protected Areas, Marine and Polar, Species, Water, World Heritage, Social Policy.
UCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
It works over many regions over the world like Asia, Europe, Central and West Africa, America.
IUCN has offices in more than 50 countries and runs hundreds of projects around the world. We have Member organisations in more than 160 countries and a network of more than 16,000 voluntary scientists and experts spanning the globe.