China is the world’s most populous country. Its vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountain ranges, lakes and rivers. As one of 17 mega diverse countries, China has over 34,687 known species of animals and plants, making it the third-most biodiverse country in the world.
China joined IUCN as a State Member in 1996 and the IUCN China country office was established in 2003.
Focusing on biodiversity, forest and wetland restoration and management, water resources management and environmental law, IUCN China implements its country programme by providing information, strengthening capacity and demonstrating innovative approaches on the ground. Drawing on its extensive regional and global networks, IUCN China also facilitates international exchange by bringing global technical expertise to China and taking Chinese expertise abroad.