The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), established in 1948, is a unique global union that brings together government and civil society organizations to conserve nature and promote sustainable development. With over 1,400 member organizations and a network of 15,000 experts, IUCN is a leading authority on the state of the natural world and the actions required to protect it.
Operating across more than 160 countries for over 70 years, IUCN conducts diverse conservation projects that combine scientific research with local knowledge to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems, and enhance the well-being of communities. As a neutral platform, IUCN facilitates collaboration among governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, indigenous groups, and others to address environmental challenges effectively.
With a rich history of shaping international conventions like the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the World Heritage Convention, and the Convention on Biological Diversity, IUCN continues to lead the way in championing nature-based solutions, ensuring equitable and sustainable use of natural resources, and advancing global environmental policy and sustainable development goals.