Commissions

The six Commissions unite 13,000 volunteer experts from a range of disciplines. They assess the state of the world’s natural resources and provide the Union with sound know-how and policy advice on conservation issues.


Who does what ?

CEC drives change for the co-creation of sustainable solutions through leading communication, learning and knowledge management in IUCN and the wider conservation community.

CEESP provides expertise and policy advice on economic and social factors for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. 

WCEL advances environmental law by developing new legal concepts and instruments, and by building the capacity of societies to employ environmental law for conservation and sustainable development. 

CEM provides expert guidance on integrated ecosystem approaches to the management of natural and modified ecosystems. 

SSC advises the Union on the technical aspects of species conservation and mobilizes action for those species that are threatened with extinction. 

WCPA promotes the establishment and effective management of a worldwide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas.  


News

  • Coastal forest in the Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA Coastal forest in the Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA Photo: IUCN Jim Thorsell

    The first continental Red List of Ecosystems assessment completed for the Americas

    17.01.2019

    According to the first continental ecosystem risk assessment of temperate and tropical forests of the Americas, more than 80% of these forest ecosystems in the Americas are threatened.

  • Warren Lavey Photo: Holly Rosencranz

    Students Study Protected Areas and Learn About Climate Change and Human Health Impacts

    16.01.2019

    CEESP News - by Warren G. Lavey, University of Illinois  In a university environmental policy course addressing the benefits, protections, and challenges for natural areas, lessons, and students’ research papers provided training about the many...

  • Socotra Fauna Socotra Fauna Photo: PInterrest

    #NatureForAll and World Heritage Sites

    10.01.2019

    The more people experience, connect with, and share their love of nature, the more support there will be for its conservation and the more they will be connected to natural landmarks among which natural world heritage sites emerge as the most celebrated....

  • Panelists at the UNFCCC Photo: Pasang Dolma Sherpa

    Asian Indigenous People's struggle in COP 24

    07.01.2019

    CEESP News - by Pasang Dolma Sherpa, PhD, co-chair of SPICEH Indigenous peoples from Asia, who participated in the COP 24 of the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland from 2 to 14th Dec. 2018, felt the very important step in strengthening indigenous peoples’ roles,...

  • Mweza major dumpsite cleanup August 2018 Mweza major dumpsite cleanup August 2018 Photo: Naima Zubeir

    Achieving Zero Percent Waste

    07.01.2019

    The Kishoka Youth Organization and 250 young people moved 1,000 tons of waste in 12 hours in Mombasa County, Kenya

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