International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN

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  • IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It 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.
  • IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries … (about 1/2).

What; WhereKnowledge Centre; News; Newsletter; Get involved; Debate; Join; Jobs;
The World Prout Assembly Homepage;
Address and map: IUCN Headquarters, Rue Mauverney 28, Gland 1196, Switzerland;

About 2/2: … IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland. 

IUCN at a glance:

  • A unique membership association
  • Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization
  • Today the largest professional global conservation network
  • A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development
  • More than 1,000 member organizations in 140 countries including 200+ government and 800+ non-government organizations
  • Almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions
  • More than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices worldwide
  • A neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges
  • Thousands of field projects and activities around the world
  • Governance by a Council elected by member organizations every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Funded by governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, member organizations and corporations
  • Official observer status at the United Nations General Assembly

IUCN’s vision and mission:

  • Our vision is a just world that values and conserves nature.
  • Our mission is 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.

What does IUCN do?

  • Knowledge: IUCN develops and supports cutting edge conservation science, particularly in species, ecosystems, biodiversity, and the impact these have on human livelihoods.
  • Action: IUCN runs thousands of field projects around the world to better manage natural environments.
  • Influence: IUCN supports governments, NGOs, international conventions, UN organizations, companies and communities to develop laws, policy and best-practice.
  • Empowerment: IUCN helps implement laws, policy and best-practice by mobilizing organizations, providing resources, training people and monitoring results.

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