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IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 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 over 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The East and Southern Africa Regional Office for IUCN is in Nairobi, Kenya and its headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.


IUCN’S VISION AND MISSION


Our vision is a just world that values and conserves nature.
Our 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.


WHAT DOES IUCN DO?


Knowledge: IUCN develops and supports cutting edge conservation science, particularly in species, ecosystems, biodiversity, and the impact these have on human livelihoods.
Action: IUCN runs thousands of field projects around the world to better manage natural environments.
Influence: IUCN supports governments, NGOs, international conventions, UN organizations, companies and communities to develop laws, policy and best-practice.
Empowerment: IUCN helps implement laws, policy and best-practice by mobilizing organizations, providing resources, training people and monitoring results


OUR PROGRAMMATIC FOCUS

 

  • Conserving Biodiversity
  • Changing the Climate Forecast
  • Naturally Energizing the Future
  • Managing Ecosystems for Human Well-Being
  • Greening the World Economy


IUCN is first and foremost a union of members that cares deeply about biodiversity and whose fundamental expertise is on species, habitats and ecosystems. We recognize the intrinsic value of nature, and we have learned that biodiversity underpins the well-being of human societies and their economies. We have also learnt that conservation can only succeed if attention is given to the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, while actions are taken at the same time to mitigate the direct drivers of change. We have demonstrated that effectively managed natural resources are key to sustainable development, support peaceful communities and can help reduce poverty.
Building on this approach, and in view of the ever-growing threat to environmental health and the lack of progress towards sustainability, the IUCN Programme recognizes the continuing need to support biodiversity conservation at all levels, with governments, civil society and the private sector. It strengthens the Union’s heartland work on conserving biodiversity as the basis for developing more effective and strategic interventions linked to the global sustainability agenda in the areas of climate change, energy, poverty and security, and economy and markets.


The IUCN Programme 2009–2012 provides the framework for planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the conservation work undertaken by the Commissions and the Secretariat with and on behalf of members. It is a result-based, demand-driven plan of action that addresses global issues, incorporates national level priorities, and provides a structure for detailed work plans for the Commissions and the Regional and Global Thematic Programmes of IUCN. The IUCN Programme 2009–2012, through its 5 thematic areas and 10 global results, provides focus for the Union to take action and engage with members, partners and other stakeholders and deliver concrete results in our pursuit of a just world that values and conserves nature.

 

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