International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUCN is a unique Union with 1,063 members from some 140 countries, including 83 states. More than 10,000 internationally recognized scientists and experts from more than 180 countries volunteer their services to its six global commissions. Its 1,000 staff members in offices around the world are working on some 500 projects.
The Union’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The Union focuses its activities in 12 areas:
- Biodiversity Policy – species, protected areas and sustainable use concerns together with the social, economic and political dimensions;
- Climate Change – forests, wetlands/water, marine and coastal areas, desertification, species, protected areas, social policy, and environmental law;
- Economics – encouraging the private sector to conserve biodiversity;
- Education and Communication – integrating communication and education;
- Environmental Law - using law to strengthen conservation efforts;
- Forests – forest ecosystems and equitable distribution of forest goods and services;
- Monitoring and Evaluation – improving methods and tools assessment;
- Protected Areas – establishing and managing terrestrial and marine protected areas;
- Social Policy – conservation strategies based on better understanding of the complex inter-linkages between the environment and people;
- Species Survival – mobilizing action for species conservation;
- Sustainable Use – social and biological factors affecting wild renewable resources; and
- Water Resources – sustainable use of wetlands and water resources.
with 83 State Members, 110 government agencies, 749 NGOs, 82 international NGOs, 32 affiliate members.
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