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Geneva Green Guide

International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
28 rue Mauverney
CH-1196 Gland (Vaud)

Tel: 
(+41 22) 999 00 00
Fax: 
(+41 22) 999 00 02
Email: 
Description

IUCN is a unique Union with 1,063 members from some 140 countries, including 83 states. More than 10,000 internationally recognized scientists and experts from more than 180 countries volunteer their services to its six global commissions. Its 1,000 staff members in offices around the world are working on some 500 projects.

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
1948
Staff: 
Headquartered in Switzerland, IUCN Secretariat comprises around 950 staff in more than 50 countries.
Chief/Director: 
Director General: Inger ANDERSEN
Activities: 

The Union’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The Union focuses its activities in 12 areas:

  • Biodiversity Policy – species, protected areas and sustainable use concerns together with the social, economic and political dimensions;
  • Climate Change – forests, wetlands/water, marine and coastal areas, desertification, species, protected areas, social policy, and environmental law;
  • Economics – encouraging the private sector to conserve biodiversity;
  • Education and Communication – integrating communication and education;
  • Environmental Law - using law to strengthen conservation efforts;
  • Forests – forest ecosystems and equitable distribution of forest goods and services;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation – improving methods and tools assessment;
  • Protected Areas – establishing and managing terrestrial and marine protected areas;
  • Social Policy – conservation strategies based on better understanding of the complex inter-linkages between the environment and people;
  • Species Survival – mobilizing action for species conservation;
  • Sustainable Use – social and biological factors affecting wild renewable resources; and
  • Water Resources – sustainable use of wetlands and water resources.
Cooperation: 

with 83 State Members, 110 government agencies, 749 NGOs, 82 international NGOs, 32 affiliate members.

Publications: 

Over 80 titles a year worldwide; see the website.

Keywords: 
health
desertification
agriculture & fisheries
atmosphere
protected areas
climate change
disasters
wildlife
mountains
refugees & IDPs
trade & environment
law
biosafety
land & landuse
standards
indigenous peoples
human settlements
conventions
freshwater
public awareness
conservation
seas
capacity building
oceans
business & environment
information systems
poverty
wetlands
energy
economic instruments
gender
biological diversity
education
forests
sustainable tourism
water & sanitation
deforestation