The six Commissions unite 10,000 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.  


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    WCEL at the UN General Assembly Dialogue on Harmony with Nature


    Commemorating International Mother Earth Day (22 April), WCEL Members were featured speakers during the 8th Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature on 23 April 2018 during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020


    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

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    Francia acogerá el Congreso Mundial de la Naturaleza 2020 de la UICN


    Marsella, Francia – El Ministerio francés para la Transición Ecológica e Inclusiva y la UICN, Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, firmaron hoy un acuerdo para la organización conjunta del próximo Congreso Mundial de la Naturaleza de la...

  • Marseille Photo: Tobi 87 CC3.0

    La France accueillera le Congrès mondial de la nature de l'UICN 2020


    Marseille, France - Le ministère français de la Transition écologique et solidaire et l’UICN (Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature) ont signé aujourd’hui un accord afin d’organiser conjointement le prochain Congrès mondial de la nature...

  • CBE World Biodiversity Day 2018 logo Photo: CBD

    Celebrate 25 years of action on International Biodiversity Day – 22 May


    Around the world, people are organizing celebrations on 22 May 2018, the International Day for Biodiversity. The celebrations highlight 25 years of action to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity and build a future of live in harmony with nature.

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