Working Together

Partnerships in conservation

IUCN programmes, projects, and activities are mostly implemented together with partners and IUCN members in the region.

The IUCN Programme in Asia is guided by the global and regional Interessionsal Programmes developed with the input of the IUCN constituents. Practical implementation of the Programme is based on IUCN’s ability to draw the attention of donor agencies to the issues highlighted in the Programme and to negotiate common agendas with these agencies and other stakeholders.

There are currently 160 active members from 19 of the 23 countries in the region. There are 12 IUCN State members in Asia alone, 19 government agency members, 2 affiliates, 5 international NGO’s and 121 NGO’s members. The latter makes up 75 percent of the members in Asia. IUCN Asia, in close collaboration with the Membership Unit at Headquarters,  coordinates membership and constituency-related matters in the Aia region.

Strategic and Institutional Partners
IUCN initiatives in Asia are often developed in close consultation with our strategic partners, as well as community-based organizations at grassroot levels. The strategic partners in Asia include, but are not limited to:

  • UN Agencies (FAO, UNDP, UNESCO, and UNEP)
  • Multilateral and regional institutions such as the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBD)
  • Secretariats of relevant conventions such as Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Climate Change, Ramsar, and CITES

In addition to IUCN members and partners, IUCN Asia is able to draw expertise form its 1700 commission experts in Asia. The commission members are leading scientists in the fields of environmental law, environmental education, protected area management, environmental economics and policy, biodiversity (species) and ecosystem management. The six commissions are:

  • Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
  • Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
  • Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
  • Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
  • Species Survival Commission (SSC)
  • World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)