The strength of IUCN, the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network, lies in its membership including more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists grouped in six Commissions.

In the last years IUCN’s reviews and surveys of Member organizations revealed that IUCN has been falling short of performing well as a member-based-organization. For example, in the Global Survey of IUCN Members carried out in 2007, IUCN Member organizations reported low levels of involvement with IUCN’s six Commissions but high interest in becoming more engaged with them.

It is important to know IUCN Commissions’ Members perceptions in areas such as involvement and relevance of IUCN‘s Commissions, involvement with IUCN’s Member organizations and other Commissions, relevance and alignment of Commissions with IUCN’s Programmes of work, among others. This feedback can be useful for improving the communication within IUCN’s three pillars and for strengthening IUCN's networking capacity.

A pilot study being carried out by an intern at the European Programme of the IUCN Regional Office for Pan-Europe (ROfE), aims to analyze the current situation by examining two of IUCN Commissions: the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). As part of the study, the members of those Commissions based in Pan-Europe (West Europe; East Europe, North and Central Asia, the two Statutory Regions covered by ROfE) are being contacted for their opinions. The survey can be viewed by clicking here. Hopefully the study will shed the light on how to improve the communication within IUCN’s three pillars and engage more effectively IUCN Members and Commissions. Recommendations to IUCN and Commissions will also follow.

For suggestions or questions, contact Valentina Villoria (europeanprogramme@iucn.org), telephone number: +32 2 739 03 10.