What is IUCN?

Perhaps most famous for founding the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and producing the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to its most pressing environment and development challenges. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

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.

The Union 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 was founded in October 1948 as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (or IUPN) following an international conference in Fontainebleau, France.

IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in NGOs and the public and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, Switzerland.