East Europe, North and Central Asia is represented by Kalev Sepp (Estonia, also Vice President), Amirkhan Amirkhanov (Russia) and Vilmos Kiszel (Hungary). West Europe is represented by Hans H. de longh (Netherlands), Christophe Lefebvre (France) and Marina von Weissenberg (Finland).
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. 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 IUCN Council is the principal governing body of IUCN - the International Union for Conservation of Nature in between sessions of the World Conservation Congress - the general assembly of the Union's members.