International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Union mondiale pour la conservation de la nature et de ses ressources
Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza y de los Recursos Naturales (UICN)

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History

Founded 5 Oct 1948, Fontainebleau (France), as International Union for the Protection of Nature (IUPN) -- Union internationale pour la protection de la nature (UIPN), at an international conference convened by UNESCO and the French Government. Establishment followed the setting up, Oct 1928, Brussels (Belgium), of Office international de documentation et de corrélation pour la protection de la nature, as the delayed result of the decision of an intergovernmental conference, 1913, Bern (Switzerland); subsequently becoming International Office for the Protection of Nature, 1934, on registration under Belgian law; reactivated in 1945 and documentation transferred to the IUPN on its setting up in 1948. Present Statutory name adopted June 1956, Edinburgh (UK). Presentational name: World Conservation Union -- Union mondiale pour la nature -- Unión Mundial para la Naturaleza, adopted Dec 1990, Perth (Australia); dropped in Mar 2008. Statutes adopted 5 Oct 1948; revised 4 Oct 1978; amended 2 and 5 Dec 1990; revised 22 Oct 1996 and 13 Oct 2008; last amended 13 Oct 2015. Established pursuant to Swiss Civil Code.

Aims

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; develop and support cutting edge conservation science, particularly in species, ecosystems and biodiversity and the impact these have on human livelihoods.

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Activities

Events/meetings; projects/programmes; guidance/assistance/consulting; politics/policy/regulatory; training/education; monitoring/evaluation; knowledge management/information dissemination. Programme is implemented through combined force of the Secretariat - via global thematic programmes and regional programmes - working together with the 3 IUCN Commissions, with members who provide knowledge for Programme implementation. On a global basis, monitors status of threatened species and ecosystems, protected areas and areas in need of protection, major actual or impending ecological changes and their causes and consequences and major issues regarding the management of natural resources. Management of treaties and agreements: Convention on Biological Diversity (Biodiversity convention); Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar convention); United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 90 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 65 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 311 countries
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UIA Org ID

A2654

Last News Received

2017
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