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

  • Photo: Angela Tavone

    #NatureForAll, Wellbeing for kids

    05.12.2018

    The #NatureForAll CEC-WCPA campaign and the Children&Nature Network proposals have been implemented in Italy. A Pilot Project launched by the Ministry of Public Health promotes educational initiatives in Nature and in Protected Areas to improve children’s...

  • Photo: Michel Richard

    United Nations Secretary General promotes Global Pact

    05.12.2018

    New York, 4 December 2018 – On 3 December 2018, UN Secretary-General Guterres released the UN’s very first report on the state of international environmental law. This work will be decisive if international law is to adequately meet the urgency of Earth’s...

  • Photo: WCEL

    Global Pact Gap Report released by UN Environment

    04.12.2018

    Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Director of the Law Division for United Nations Environment (UNE), announced today the release of the report “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment.”

  • Child drawing of a cow chasing a tree cutter. Photo: Dial-a-Pad Kenya

    Giant postcard with 125,000 cards exposed on Swiss glacier

    03.12.2018

    Check out the first article of the Children as Champions of Climate Change - stories from all around the Planet series. More and more to come from different countries where children got engaged with Nature and took action by drawing...

  • Forests - Flickr Photo: Courtesy Flickr

    New WCEL International, Regional and National Report: Le Droit Forestier Français

    02.12.2018

    WCEL announces a new regional report by Anouk Ferté-Devin, Le Droit Forestier Français. 

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