Commissions

The six Commissions unite 13,000 volunteer experts from a range of disciplines. They assess the state of the world’s natural resources and provide the Union with sound know-how and policy advice on conservation issues.


Who does what ?

CEC drives change for the co-creation of sustainable solutions through leading communication, learning and knowledge management in IUCN and the wider conservation community.

CEESP provides expertise and policy advice on economic and social factors for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. 

WCEL advances environmental law by developing new legal concepts and instruments, and by building the capacity of societies to employ environmental law for conservation and sustainable development. 

CEM provides expert guidance on integrated ecosystem approaches to the management of natural and modified ecosystems. 

SSC advises the Union on the technical aspects of species conservation and mobilizes action for those species that are threatened with extinction. 

WCPA promotes the establishment and effective management of a worldwide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas.  


News

  •  Eastern Himalayas; Manipur, India  Eastern Himalayas; Manipur, India Photo: Sejuti Basu

    Submit a case study on local and indigenous knowledge and conservation practices in Mountain Ecosystems

    15.03.2019

    IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management (CEM) Mountain Ecosystem Specialist Group invites submissions of case studies on local and indigenous knowledge and conservation practices in Mountain Ecosystems.

  • James Lewis (Rainforest Trust, USA) and Oldrich van Skalkwyk (Endangered Wildlife Trust) discuss protected area expansion options in the Soutpansberg Mountains, the most northerlyrange in South Africa. James Lewis (Rainforest Trust, USA) and Oldrich van Skalkwyk (Endangered Wildlife Trust) discuss protected area expansion options in the Soutpansberg Mountains, the most northerlyrange in South Africa. Photo: Endangered Wildlife Trust

    South African conservation planning for the future

    14.03.2019

     South Africa is one of the worlds most biodiverse countries and is home to three of the global biodiversity hotspots. This megadiverse country is also leading the way in terms of strategic conservation planning towards the recognition and protection of...

  • Migrating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues Photo: IOC

    IUCN guide to help new sports venues minimise impact on nature

    12.03.2019

    Nairobi, Kenya, 12 March 2019, (IUCN) – A guide designed to help integrate biodiversity considerations into new sports venues, minimising their impacts on nature and delivering conservation benefits, was released today by IUCN, International Union for...

  • Zendepar villagers gathered to discuss and resist mining in their sacred forests in Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra. Zendepar villagers gathered to discuss and resist mining in their sacred forests in Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra. Photo: Neema Pathak Broome

    Blog: India’s Supreme Court order threatens conservation, livelihoods, and rights in India’s protected areas and forests

    11.03.2019

    CEESP News: By Stan Stevens and Neema Pathak Broome, ICCA Consortium   The recent decision by the India Supreme Court, now temporarily suspended for four months, has enormous potential ramifications for conservation, livelihoods, and rights in...

  • Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, India. Photo: Graeme Worboys

    Forest Rights Lost: Evictions Loom Over a Million Adivasis

    06.03.2019

    By Dr Indrani Sigamany - How can the competing issues of conservation and indigenous rights work in harmony to ensure both forests and the livelihoods of their inhabitants are protected?  

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