On 25th November 2009, the 73rd Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 18 new Members to join IUCN.
The Council, President, Director General and entire family of IUCN extend a very warm welcome to the new Members and look forward to their active involvement.
The Banc d'Arguin National Park lies on the west coast of Mauritania between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. The World Heritage Site is a major breeding ground for migratory birds. The park's vast expanses of mudflats provide a home for over two million migrant shorebirds from northern Europe, Siberia and Greenland. The region's mild climate and absence of human disturbance makes the park one of the most important sites in the world for these species. The nesting bird population is also noted for its great numbers and diversity.
The Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) is based in Georgia and active in Georgia, Azerbaijan and in Armenia. It aims to increase information exchange between NGOs, governments, international organisations and the general public in the field of environmental protection in the Caucus and to find ways for efficient collaboration. CENN supports organisations enrolled in its network through institutional capacity building, seminars and workshops, and also conducts lobbying on various environmental issues in the region.
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), an international research and global knowledge institution committed to conserving forests and improving the livelihoods of people in the tropics, assists local communities and small farmers gain their rightful share of forest resources, while increasing the production and value of forest products. CIFOR's three research programmes address the needs of the rural poor as well as environmental concerns.
The EOG Association for Conservation is an initiative from the European outdoor industry, which aims to protect wild areas. The outdoor industry recognises that preserving and protecting the natural environment is a core necessity and raises funds from within the industry to support direct projects. The Association funds projects that protect threatened wild areas for their habitat and recreational value, and focus on specific issues and root causes, involving direct citizen action, that eventually build public involvement, consensus and support.
The Foundation for the Development of National System of Protected Areas (FUNDESNAP) was established as a private foundation through a public-private partnership to manage trust funds and other donations with the aim of financing Bolivia’s protected areas. FUNDESNAP is a private non-profit organisation with an elected Board of Directors, which represents donors, Protected Areas local communities, NGOs, the private sector and government.
The French Association of Zoos (AFdPZ) has a network of 60 members in France. It aims to support the commitment of its members to in situ conservation, the raising of public awareness and organisation of staff training. Many AFdPZ members are active in conservation and/or reinsertion in situ and ex-situ throughout French and/or international programme. They also provide direct technical support to scientific research programmes.
The Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania (INCA) aims to facilitate and help the capacity building of professionals through training, the safeguarding of the environment, conservation of the natural environment and rural development in Albania. INCA works to protect flora and fauna, to assess biodiversity, manage protected areas, raise awareness of policy and decision making, and undertakes conservation measures when possible and appropriate to protect species and their critical habitats. The task of the Institute is also to link nature conservation and biodiversity issues with all the other items or fields of science that have an impact to the nature resources in Albania.
The Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro, was established in late 2006 by the new organisational structure of the Government of Montenegro. Environmental protection is a key ingredient of Montenegro’s development potential. Tourism, one of the major sources of revenue, depends on the environment, and the success of Montenegro’s economic development strategy depends on the protection of its natural resources. Therefore, the Government of Montenegro adopted a National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSSD) to ensure the necessary balance in planning and carrying out of activities related to economic development and environmental conservation.
The National University of Chilecito is an Argentine national university situated in the city of Chilecito, La Rioja. Its mission encompasses the production, generation, transmission and promotion of knowledge; the stimulation of science, research and application of knowledge, and the commitment to work for human development and quality of life of society. The University has participated in a substantial number of programmes and projects related to the environment.
The Nazca Institute for Marine Research works in cooperation with other organisations to identify priority areas for marine conservation on the Ecuadorian continental platform as well as in the marine eco-region of Guayaquil, doing this based on scientific information (ecological and cartographic). The Nazca Institute has been instrumental in the establishment of a National System of Marine Protected Areas, thus contributing to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment’s efforts to fulfil its commitments to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation promotes the sustainable and equitable management of natural resources. It encourages the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three main areas: climate change, biodiversity and water. The Foundation supports and develops initiatives of public and private organisations and companies, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. In order to stimulate and develop innovation, the Foundation supports scientific and technical monitoring at an international level.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC Council) promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC Council provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests. PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment of and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management, a series of on-going mechanisms supported by 149 governments in the world covering 85% of the world's forest area.
The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established in 1969 by the International Council for Science (ICSU) to review and assess existing or emerging environmental issues. The SCOPE Secretariat is located in Paris, France, at ICSU headquarters. They aim to advance knowledge of the influence of man on the environment as well as the effects of the environmental changes upon man, health and welfare – with particular attention to those influences and effects which are either global or common to several nations. They serve as a non-governmental, interdisciplinary and international council of scientists and as a source of advice for the benefit of governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental bodies with respect to environmental issues.
The Southern Africa Endogenous Development Programme (SAEDP) is an organisation of traditional institutions (Spirit Mediums, Chiefs and their rural communities) which collaborates with Universities. SAEDP works to enhance endogenous development (development from within) in Southern Africa, focusing on empowering rural communities to take control of their own development process, thus leading to increased bio-cultural diversity management, sustainable development and the reduction of environmental degradation. SAEDP is headquartered at the University of Zululand in South Africa.
The Southern African Natural Products Trade Association (Phyto Trade Africa) is a not-for-profit company, established in 2001 by a group of NGOs who specifically sought to harness the economic potential of wild-harvested natural products to create tangible economic incentive for rural communities to invest in the sustainable management of their own indigenous natural resources. This was the founding principle based on the lessons from the Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) movement in Southern is Africa during the 1990s, which demonstrated that giving rural communities a vested interest in their resources would promote better conservation and management of these resources.
Through capacity building, the Strategic Development and Environment Monitoring Programs (PRODEMA) seeks to encourage positive change in society, the exercising of the rights and duties of citizens, the sustainable management of natural resources and a consultation process between the different stakeholders as a basis to achieve sustainable development. PRODEMA seeks to develop and strengthen the capacities of society, as well as the skills that will enable various actors to achieve environmental and socio-cultural change in the environment in which they live.
The Sur Futuro Foundation focuses on bringing about social and economic transformation to reduce the high levels of poverty and marginalisation of residents living in the southern region of the Dominican Republic. Their activities include work to support natural resources and agriculture (forestry management and sustainable agriculture) in addition to education and culture, community management, infrastructure, income generation and health.
TERI’s Forestry and Biodiversity Group comes under the Climate Change Division of TERI, The Energy Research Institute, whose mission is to develop and promote technologies, policies and institutions for efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. The TERI’s Forestry and Biodiversity Group deals with diverse range of issues related to technical, policy and socio-economic aspects of India’s forest resources, biodiversity conservation and rural development.