The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.
IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, Switzerland.
IUCN at a glance
- Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization
- Today the largest professional global conservation network
- A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development
- More than 1,000 member organizations in 140 countries including 200+ government and 800+ non-government organizations
- Almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions
- A neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges
- Thousands of field projects and activities around the world
- Governance by a Council elected by member organizations every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
- Funded by governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, member organizations and corporations
- Official Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly