The six Commissions unite 16,000 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.
CEC drives change for the co-creation of sustainable solutions through leading communication, learning and knowledge management in IUCN and the wider conservation community.
Members: over 1,300.
CEESP provides expertise and policy advice on economic and social factors for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Members: 1465.
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. Members: 800.
CEM provides expert guidance on integrated ecosystem approaches to the management of natural and modified ecosystems. Members: 1000.
SSC advises the Union on the technical aspects of species conservation and mobilizes action for those species that are threatened with extinction. Members: 7500.
WCPA promotes the establishment and effective management of a worldwide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas. Members: 1300.