The World Conservation Union - IUCN

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is the world’s leading authority and democratic platform in conservation and sustainability.


Founded in Fontainebleau (France) in 1948, the Union brings together a range of stakeholders including its more than 1,000 member organizations, as well as partners from governments, the private sector and NGOs.
The Union is the honest broker that brings these decision-makers together to find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development needs – based on the authoritative science from its network of more than 10,000 scientists.
The World Conservation Union:

  • Develops cutting edge conservation know-how and science, particularly in species, ecosystems, biodiversity, and the impact these have on human livelihoods.
  • Takes action in field projects around the world to better manage natural environments and improve peoples’ lives.
  • Supports governments, agencies, international conventions and companies to help develop new laws, policy and best practice.
  • Empowers people and institutions to implement laws, policy and best practice by providing science, mobilizing organizations, training people and monitoring results.
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