Terms and Conditions

As of 31 August 2016

This International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) website (the “Website”) is owned by IUCN (hereafter referred to as “IUCN” or “We”).

The terms of this Website Policy (the “Policy”) might be changed from time to time and will be updated on this page.

Changes to these Terms and Conditions

IUCN may update these terms and conditions from time to time, at any time without notice to you, by posting such changes on the Website. IUCN encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how IUCN is protecting your information. Your continued use of this Website following the posting of changes to this Policy will mean you accept those changes.

This Policy applies to all persons who access the Website (hereafter referred to as “Users” or “you”).

Copyright and Use of Materials

General content from this Website is owned by IUCN.

You agree to not alter or remove any copyright symbol or other identification concerning authorship of any of the material contained on or otherwise made available to you from this Website.


Images may not be reproduced in any form without the explicit written permission of the copyright holder.

Exceptions: Any image that is credited with the term “CC BY” (“Creative Commons Image”) is licensed under creative commons. The details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website accessible under https://creativecommons.org/. In essence, you are free to copy and communicate Creative Commons Images for all non-commercial purposes, as long as you provide attribution to the author and abide by the licence terms as provided under the Creative Commons Licence.

Please note that in case of inconsistency between this Policy and the Creative Commons Licence, this Policy will prevail.

Textual content

Textual Content can be reproduced  for all non-commercial purposes as long as you provide attribution to the author / IUCN and original source.


Videos can be shared via the Youtube link.
However videos may not be reproduced in any other form without the explicit written permission of IUCN.

Third Party Copyright

To the extent that copyright subsists in a third party it remains with the original owner and written permission shall be required to reuse the material.

Interactive Areas and User Materials

This Website may include blogs, user-generated content or other interactive areas or services (“Interactive Areas”), in which you or other users create, post or store any content “User Materials”. You are solely responsible for your use of such Interactive Areas and use them at your own risk. By using any Interactive Areas, you agree not to post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create or otherwise publish through the Website any of the following:

  • User Materials that are unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive,, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable;
  • User Materials that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party or otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international law;
  • User Materials that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party;
  • User Materials that impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • Promotions, advertising or solicitations;
  • Viruses, corrupted data or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files; and
  • User Materials that, in the sole judgment of IUCN, are objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Interactive Areas or the Website, or which may expose IUCN or its users to any harm or liability of any type.

IUCN is not liable for any statements, representations or User Materials in any Interactive Area. Although IUCN has no obligation to screen, edit or monitor any of the User Materials posted in any Interactive Area, IUCN reserves the right, and has absolute discretion, to remove, screen or edit any User Materials posted or stored on the Website at any time and for any reason without notice. Any use of the Interactive Areas or other portions of the Website in violation of the foregoing violates these Terms and may result in, among other things, termination or suspension of your rights to use the Interactive Areas and/or the Website.

IUCN does not claim ownership of User Materials. Unless we indicate otherwise, you grant IUCN a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such User Materials on or in connection with the Website and other IUCN promotional materials. By posting or submitting User Materials to any Interactive Areas or other portions of the Website, you grant IUCN the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such User Materials.

You represent and warrant that:

  • you own and control all of the rights to the User Materials that you post or you otherwise have the right to post such User Materials to the Website;
  • the User Materials are accurate and not misleading; and
  • use and posting of the User Materials you supply does not violate the Terms of this Policy and will not violate any rights of or cause injury to any person or entity.


Data and privacy

Collection of your Personal Information

IUCN collects information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically provided its server. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by IUCN for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the IUCN Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the Website, this information may be collected and used by others.

IUCN is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of its site.

Use of your Personal Information

IUCN does not have any pages requesting from you any sensitive personally identifiable information. You may communicate with IUCN partners by e-mail. In this case IUCN collects and uses your personal information to operate the Website and deliver the services you have requested. IUCN also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other data available from IUCN and its affiliates. IUCN may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

IUCN does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.

IUCN keeps track of the websites and pages our customers visit within its Website, in order to determine what IUCN services are the most popular. This data may be used to deliver customized content and advertising within IUCN to customers whose behaviour indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

IUCN Website will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on IUCN or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of IUCN; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of IUCN, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The IUCN Website use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize IUCN pages, or register with ICUN site or services, a cookie helps IUCN to recall your specific information on subsequent visits.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the IUCN services or websites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

As mentioned, IUCN does not have any pages requesting from you your user Id, password and/or any sensitive personally identifiable information. IUCN partners sites or the sites found by the search may have such pages. It is your responsibility to check in each specific case if the pages secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.


If you are under 18, be sure to obtain your parent's or guardian's permission before you send any information about yourself (your name, address, e-mail address, etc.) to us or anyone else over the internet. We encourage parents to get involved with their children's use of the internet and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating.


If you use forms on the Website to provide information, register interest, or purchase publications, the information you provide is not retained on the public web server and will not be used for purposes other than that for which it was provided.

Users Feedback

We seek feedback from our users in order to improve the service offered by the Website. However, you agree not to transmit any material that is unlawful, harmful, defamatory, abusive, threatening, vulgar or obscene. Please note that we cannot answer all the feedback we received but it does not in any way affect your access to the Website.

We record the information requested on the online forms in a database. The information will only be used for the purpose for which it was requested and will not be distributed further, or disclosed, without your consent.

Note: IUCN agrees to use its best effort to ensure security to its Users in order to avoid any infringement of the transmission of information over the internet. However, IUCN recognizes that there can be risks associated with the transmission of information over the internet, for which IUCN shall not be held responsible.

Links to other sites

This Website contains links to other sites for your convenience and this should not be construed as constituting any endorsement or approval of the linked third party. We take reasonable care in linking websites but have no direct control over the content of the linked sites, or the changes that may occur to the content on those sites. It is the responsibility of the user to make his/her own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information contained in linked external websites. Links to other websites are inserted for convenience only and do not constitute endorsement.

We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any such websites


This Website provides information free of charge for the benefit of the public. We monitor the quality of the information available on this Website and update the information regularly.

We do not guarantee, and accept no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on this Website or on any linked site.

We recommend that users exercise their own skill and care with respect to their use of this Website and that users carefully evaluate the accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance of the material on the Website for their purposes.

The material on this Website may include views or recommendations of third parties which do not necessarily reflect the views of IUCN or indicate its commitment to a particular course of action.


You agree to defend, indemnify and hold IUCN harmless from and against any claims, losses, liabilities and/or damages made or sustained by third parties arising out of or related to your conduct, your use or inability to use the Website, your breach or alleged breach of the Website Policy or of the terms of the Creative Commons Licence, or your violation of any other rights.

Governing Law, Disputes

Any dispute, controversy or claim arising under or pursuant to these Terms and Conditions shall be settled by mutual agreement between IUCN and the User.

If IUCN and the user are unable to reach agreement amicably the dispute, controversy or claim shall be submitted to the competent courts of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about any of these terms and conditions please contact us at :

Rue Mauverney 28
CH - 1196 Gland
+41 22 999 00 00
+41 22 999 00 02


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