IUCN Commission awards

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

Species Survival Commission awards (SSC)

Commission on Ecosystem Management awards (CEM)

  • Luc Hoffmann Award is granted to members of the Commission who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in ecosystem management in accord with criteria and procedures adopted by the Steering Committee.
  • Young Professional Leadership Award is granted to a Young Professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in ecosystem management in accord with criteria and procedures adopted by the Steering Committee.

World Commission on Protected Areas awards (WCPA)

  • The Fred Packard Award is made to individuals or groups to recognise outstanding service to protected and conserved areas.
  • The Kenton Miller Award celebrates individuals who are taking bold steps in protecting these most valued resources by recognising their invaluable and innovative work with a 5,000 USD grant, international recognition by their peers and accompanying citation.
  • The Pathfinder Award recognises outstanding and innovative solutions for protected and conserved areas, developed and implemented by individuals, organisations or groups.
  • The International Ranger Award aims to highlight and felicitate the extraordinary work that rangers do in protected and conserved areas worldwide.
  • The WCPA Chair Award is awarded to members of WCPA who have provided exceptional and dedicated leadership and service to the Commission.

World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)

Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)

  • CEESP Honorary Chair Award - awarded to a CEESP leader who has significantly contributed to the vision and future of CEESP in the past - and who continues to support CEESP after their official leadership term is over.
  • Conservation Contributor - awarded to an individual who went above and beyond in their contributions to conservation and to the work and mission of IUCN CEESP.
  • CEESP Agent of Change - awarded to a CEESP member who identifies areas of need vis-a-vis the Commission's areas of work, and who takes action to address those needs.
  • CEESP Meritorious Research Award - awarded in recognition of outstanding and inspirational research over a career that has contributed to increased understanding of the relations between societies and their environment, in the pursuit of beneficial, equitable and just forms of biodiversity conservation.
  • CEESP Award for Indigenous Conservation and Advancement - awarded for an outstanding record of working to promote the linkages between cultural and biological diversity.

Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)

Learn More about CEC Awards

CEC Regional Award

Every four years, this award recognizes individuals from CEC’s 12 regions whose longstanding commitment to conservation communication and environmental education has advanced CEC’s mission and goals in their region.

One Awardee from each of CEC’s Regions will be selected. Candidates for this award must be nominated by a CEC Member, a representative of an IUCN Member government or organization, or by an IUCN Secretariat Staff Member. One individual may nominate up to five individuals for this Award. Awardees will be recognized (names, photos, and short bio) on the IUCN website and across CEC social media. 

Nominees will be evaluated on how they have uniquely contributed to IUCN's Nature 2030 Programme through the tools of education and communication, how they have advanced CEC’s mission and goals, tangible outputs produced, and the impact the nominee has had on others. 

Call for Nominations: Open from January 15, 2024 - April 1, 2024
Awardees announced: Prior to Regional Conservation Fora 2024
Online Nomination Form for CEC Regional Award

CEC Chairs’ Award

Every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Chair of CEC recognizes an exceptional individual’s outstanding impact towards CEC’s mission and goals.

Nominations are made by the Chair and approved by the CEC Steering Committee
Awardees announced: Prior to World Conservation Congress 2025

CEC Youth Award

Coordinated by the CEC Steering Committee, this award recognizes individuals under the age of 35 for outstanding work in the conservation education/communication arena. This award is announced every four years at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress (WCC).

Call for Nominations: Open from June 1, 2024 - April 1, 2025
Awardees announced: Prior to World Conservation Congress 2025