12 February 2009 | News story

IUCN Council announces new members

Thursday, 12th February 2009, Washington D.C. – Earlier this month, the IUCN Council, the principal governing body for IUCN, met in between sessions of the World Conservation Congress, to discuss their vision for the next four years and membership admission.

IUCN is delighted to welcome four new members to its growing community of environmental experts in the North American and Caribbean region. This membership expansion includes three US organizations; The Christensen Fund (TCF), The Global Institute of Sustainability, Conservation Force, and one new Caribbean member, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) from Trinidad and Tobago.

We look forward to working with our new members and exploring joint opportunities that will help address our most pressing environment and development challenges,” says IUCN US’ Executive Director, Scott Hajost.

The TCF has been providing conservation grants since the 1990s and as a new member will become a crucial part of the US office’s fundraising strategy to support worldwide IUCN programs. TCF is particularly interested in projects that encompass Southwest USA, Northwest Mexico, Central Asia and Turkey, The African Rift Valley, Northern Australia and Melanesia.

The Global Institute of Sustainability evolved from over 30 years of environmental research conducted by the Center for Environmental Studies at Arizona State University (ASU). The Institute conducts research, education, and problem-solving related to sustainability, with a special focus on urban environments and will help expand IUCN’s reach to academic institutions.

Conservation Force (CF) seeks to establish and further conservation of wildlife, wild places and an outdoor way of life and joins a long list of environmental NGO members.

With the launch of an IUCN Caribbean Initiative in Barcelona last year, it is particularly poignant to be welcoming CANARI to the Union. The aim of CANARI is to create avenues for the equitable participation and effective collaboration of Caribbean communities and institutions in the management of natural resources. CANARI will also lend important support to IUCN’s Global Marine Program providing tools and resources to help Marine Protected Area (MPA) managers better understand and respond to the needs of coastal communities.