Over 16,000 scientists and experts from around the world and across a wide range of disciplines volunteer their expertise as members of an IUCN Commission.


IUCN Commissions:

  1. Analyse issues and prepare assessments, reports, action plans, criteria and methodology;
  2. Undertake research and other scientific and technical work;
  3. Undertake tasks assigned to them within the integrated programme of IUCN;
  4. Provide advice on any matter within their fields of competence;
  5. Broaden knowledge and competence on matters relating to their mandates;
  6. Work with Members and the Secretariat to develop activities within the various Regions;
  7. Support Members and components of IUCN with necessary expertise; and
  8. Undertake such other responsibilities as may be assigned to them by the World Congress and the Council.
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Driving change through leading communication, learning and knowledge


Promoting ecosystem-based approaches for the management of landscapes and seascapes


Harmonising nature conservation and the critical social, cultural, environmental, and economic justice concerns of human societies

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Influencing, encouraging and assisting societies to conserve biodiversity by building knowledge on the status and threats to species.


Advancing environmental law to strengthen the legal foundations of conservation of nature and sustainable development.

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Developing knowledge based policy, advice and guidance on the full suite of issues surrounding protected areas.

Climate Crisis Commission

Promote appropriate, effective, just, and nature-positive solutions to the climate crisis that are based on the best available scientific evidence from all reputable international bodies and from indigenous knowledge systems.

Commission Support Unit

A team of dedicated staff working to coordinate a smooth workflow between IUCN Commissions and other parts of the Union.

Commission Awards

IUCN Commissions offer various awards to deserving individuals and organisations in their fields.