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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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International Union for Conservation of Nature (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.

Based in Gland, Switzerland, IUCN was founded in 1848 as the world's first global environmental organization and now has more than 1200 member organizations, including 200 government and 900 non-government organizations and almost 11,000 scientists and experts grouped in six commissions in 160 countries. It holds official observer status at the United Nations General Assembly.

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.


So while our increasing urbanisation – and the hectic lifestyle that often accompanies it –may threaten to numb our connection with nature, we can choose to stay very much awake to this symbiotic relationship. We can seek out first-hand experiences with nature, and engage in activities that encourage others to do so.
- @andersen_inger
Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature @IUCN

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POLICY MATTERS is a peer reviewed journal published electronically and in print by IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). For more information, including accessing back copies of past Policy Matters editions see:


IUCN, 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.

The IUCN Union Portal is a web-based, password-protected system, which allows for improved networking, interaction and the sharing of information across the entire Union: Members, Commission members (CEC, CEESP, CEM, SSC, WCEL and WCPA), Councillors, National and Regional Committees, and the Secretariat.

Spotlight on the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group



The IUCN/SSC Freshwater Conservation Sub-committee was established in 2010 in order to address the global freshwater biodiversity crisis



IUCN - Google News


    IUCN Protected Areas


    iucn web



    planeta: iucn 2016, iucn on the social web


    IUCN’s 2012 Annual Report (PDF)


    Cop11 Inventory: IUCN Green List of Well-managed protected areas


    Inger Andersen will succeed our current Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, and will take up her duties in Gland on January 12, 2015.

    Green List

    IUCN adopts new 'Green List' to show species on the path to conservation success - Science Codex

    The IUCN Green List of well-managed protected areas is a new global initiative that celebrates the success of effective protected areas, and encourages the sharing of that success so that other protected areas can also reach high standards. More effective protected areas lead to greater benefits for humans and nature. The IUCN Green List will be developed from 2012 to 2014, with a full launch scheduled for the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. A number of partners have already joined the pilot phase to help test and refine the process. They include Parques Nacionales Naturales in Colombia, the Korean National Park Service and the CA/TS (Conservation Assured/Tiger Standards) project being carried out by WWF in tiger range countries. IUCN will develop the Green List by adding a diversity of countries and programmes to the pilot phase for testing, ensuring the process is refined to be fair, simple and regionally adaptable. As an ambitious undertaking that will move protected area conservation forward, the IUCN Green List of well-managed protected areas provides a new opportunity for results that demonstrate the IUCN vision of a just world that values and conserves nature.

    Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
    The Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) is a network driving change for sustainability through the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). More than 1,000 members volunteer their professional expertise in learning, knowledge management and strategic communication to achieve IUCN goals.

    IUCN-CEC: Communicating Biodiversity: How to Tell a Love Story from CEPA Fair 2012 on Vimeo.

    IUCN, represented by its Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, is the coordinator of theAluminium Stewardship Initiative standard-setting process.
    DRAFT0 of the ASI Standard is now available for public consultation. You are all invited to provide your comments. More details are available below.

    The priorities for the WCPA North American Region for the next few years are available at the WCPA website.

    They include:

    enhancing the relevance of protected areas;

    promoting strategies for reducing biodiversity loss;

    enhancing the resilience of protected areas to climate change impacts; and

    connecting people to nature through protected area programs.

    I wish to propose that we create working groups to advance issues on these priorities. To this end, I would request individuals who would like to provide leadership for each of these priorities to let me know by the end of this month. Please contact me using the email: __mike.wong@iucn.org__

    Sharing Information

    We have an opportunity to share relevant information, including publications and videos through the WCPA North American web page. . As an example, I have posted a document "Action on the Ground" which highlights Parks Canada's ambitious program to restore the ecological integrity of Canada’s national parks.

    We would like to learn about how our members are empowering societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature and our global biodiversity for the well-being of present and future generations.

    2016 Congress

    In November 2013, IUCN launched the new IUCN Portal to provide for communication within the constituency of IUCN involving over 25,000 people. These include IUCN staff, IUCN members, Commission Members, Partners and Funders. This system replaces the current Yahoo Groups setup, effective immediately.

    The Portal enables the establishment and management of a hierarchy of groups within its structure, so that the WCPA as a whole, the WCPA Steering Committee, each WCPA membership region, each WCPA Thematic Group, and each Specialist Group and Task Force are identified as groups within the Portal. An individual can be appointed as the leader of a group (with management functions) and each person in the Portal can be attached to more than one group.

    For the WCPA Steering Committee, each officer bearer has the responsibility for a specific group. In some cases, the membership is predetermined e.g. all members in a particular region will automatically be recorded as members of a specific WCPA region. In other cases, the membership is determined by the Group Manager, e.g. membership of the Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group is the responsibility of the Specialist Group Leader. Each person has access to the groups of which they are a member.

    Within a group, the portal manager can structure the group, send messages to the whole group, or sub-groups, and members of those groups can:
    • establish who are the other members
    • communicate with members
    • set up discussions for the whole group
    • post documents, events, opportunities, etc.

    Posts on the portal can either be public (in which they are accessible to anyone in the IUCN Portal), or private, in which case only members of the group can view the information.



    Developing sustainable tourism across borders in the Dinaric Arc

    Zhang Xinsheng, newly-elect President of IUCN, shares his hopes and plans for the next 4 years:

    Changing the way we look at protected areas - Ernesto Enkerkin Hoeflich
    Building on past success and innovations, Ernesto wants WCPA to do more, faster, better and larger and to reaffirm its role in assisting IUCN members and governments so protected areas truly become "hope spots" for sustainability. His vision is to move away from the “doom and gloom” to pride and pragmatism, well reflected through the projected "Green List of protected areas".

    Will this be the Social Web World Conservation Congress?

    Conservation Travel - joining conservation, travel & philanthropy


    Flickr Groups

    The Green and the Beautiful




    How to tell a love story (biodiversity)
    Love not loss

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    IUCN was founded in October 1948 as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (or IUPN) following an international conference in Fontainebleau, France.The organization changed its name to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1956 with the acronym IUCN (or UICN in French and Spanish). This remains our full legal name to this day. Use of the name “World Conservation Union”, in conjunction with IUCN, began in 1990. From March 2008 this name is no longer commonly used.

    World Heritage List

    More than 10 percent of the world’s network of protected areas is included in the World Heritage List. The number of World Heritage Sites is approaching 1000, and 217 of these are World Heritage Sites listed for their natural values, which together protect more than 266 million hectares (ha) of land and sea in more than 90 countries.


    IUCN Commission on Education and Communication

    CORE AREA A: Valuing and Conserving Biodiversity - generating knowledge and tools, using the knowledge gained to influence policy options for the full range of policies that have influence over biodiversity, conservation planning and action.
    CORE AREA B: Sharing Nature’s Benefits Fairly and Equitably - generating principles, knowledge and tools for governance, equity and rights.
    THEME C: Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change - combining policy influence with action on the ground for both climate change mitigation and adaptation.
    THEME D: Manage Ecosystems to Improve Food Security - beyond growing and catching food and take into account the wider livelihood and ecosystem considerations necessary to provide long term resilience, security and development opportunities.
    THEME E: Greening the Economy - influence relevant policy and develop knowledge and tools to enable transformative change in this area.

    IUCN Media Award


    Person responsible
    PAGE link
    Specialist Group
    Anna Spenceley

    Caves and Karst
    Ms Jay Anderson

    Bill Henwood _grasslands/

    Vance Martin

    Ian Harrison

    John Matthews

    Cultural and Spiritual Values
    Bas Verschuuren

    Edwin Bernbaum

    Transboundary Protected Areas
    Maja Vasiliejevic

    Urban Pas
    Ted Tzyrna

    Protected Area Finance
    Andrew BOVARNICK
    no page

    Protected Landscapes / Seascapes
    Jessica Brown

    Climate Change
    Dr Leigh Welling

    Mr Andrew Rhodes

    High Seas
    Kristina Gjerde

    Private Protected Areas
    Brent Mitchell

    Legislation and Protected Areas

    Indigenous Peoples
    pub only

    Conservation Planning
    Bob Pressey

    Kyung SIK WOO

    Will Hesley

    Management Effectiveness
    Fiona Leverington

    Green List
    Marc Hockings

    James Hardcastle

    Marine Mammals
    Giuseppe Notarbartolo
    no page

    Erich Hoyt

    Task Force
    Stephen Woodley
    Penny Langhammer

    Healthy Parks Healthy People
    Ian Walker
    Nature for all
    Karen Keenleyside
    no page
    Other effective conservation measures
    Harry Jonas
    no page
    Thematic Group
    Connectivity and Mountains
    Olivier Chassot
    Graeme Worboys

    Dan Laffoley
    Natural Solutions
    Nigel Dudley

    Marianne Kettunen

    Science and Management
    Marc Hockings
    no page
    Education and Curriculum Development
    no page
    World Heritage
    Cyril Kormos
    link to WH website
    Capacity Development
    Mike Appleton
    no page
    Terence Hay-Edie
    Ms Carmen Miranda

    Young Professionals
    Elaine Hsiao
    Alan Monroy Ojeda

    WCPA East Asia
    Prof. Yoshitaka Kumagai

    WCPA South Asia
    Dr Vinod Mathur

    WCPA Southeast Asia
    Ms Cristi Marie Nozawa

    WCPA East and Southern Africa
    (vacant) Kathy MacKinnon interim)

    WCPA North Africa, Middle East, West Asia
    Imèn Meliane

    WCPA West and Central Africa
    Dr Charlotte Karibuhoye

    WCPA Caribbean
    Mr Lloyd Gardner

    WCPA Central America
    Dr Bernal Herrera-Fernández

    WCPA North America
    Mr Michael Wong

    WCPA South America
    Mr Cláudio MarettI

    WCPA Oceania
    Ms Penelope Figgis AO

    WCPA Europe
    Mr Andrej Sovinc

    WCPA North Eurasia
    Ms Elena Nikolaeva

    IUCN Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas
    More than 1,100 comments were received and have been taken into consideration in developing the IUCN Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas. This Standard will enable the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) as sites contributing significantly to the persistence of biodiversity.
    1. We now invite you to review the IUCN Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (only available in English) in a second and final round of consultation. The Standard (25 pages) is a much-condensed version of the Consultation Document circulated for comment last year and is the document that will be submitted to IUCN Council for approval. Please provide any feedback on this Standard via the comment form in English, French or Spanish, until the 11th of October 2015.
    2. If you have not already done so, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to respond to our end-users online survey (available in English, French or Spanish), which relates to the end-use applications of the KBA Standard. We are seeking additional input (especially from government agencies, the private sector and intergovernmental organisations) in order to improve our understanding of end-user perspectives.
    For more information on the consultation and access to associated documents, please visit the dedicated KBA Consultation area on the Union Portal. Remember, to access the Union Portal, you should use your personal login information (username and password). You can retrieve your personal account details via the Union Portal login page.

    1. What activities did you do on tourism and protected areas during 2013? (including with the TAPAS group, and independently)
    What activities did you do on tourism and protected areas during 2013? (including with the TAPAS group, and independently)

    2. What publications have you produced during 2013 that relate to tourism and protected areas? (please include the full reference and weblink if possible)What publications have you produced during 2013 that relate to tourism and protected areas? (please include the full reference and weblink if possible)

    3. What presentations did you make during 2013 that relate to tourism and protected areas? (please include a slideshare/weblink if possible)What presentations did you make during 2013 that relate to tourism and protected areas? (please include a slideshare/weblink if possible)

    4. Did you do any assignments on behalf of IUCN on tourism and protected areas? (If yes, please describe)

    IUCN Conservation Congress, Screenshot 03.2012


    IUCN people

    Valerie Batselaere
    Communications Officer
    Global Protected Areas Programme
    IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

    28 rue Mauverney, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland

    Tel. +41 22 999 0198; Mob. +41 79 8338 213

    The Global Transboundary Conservation Network brings together more than 200 experts in transboundary conservation. The network was launched at the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress and is facilitated by Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group of IUCN WCPA (World Commission on Protected Areas). IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network with a membership of more than 1,000 organisations and 10,000 volunteer experts organised through six Commissions. The Global Transboundary Conservation Network offers expertise and guidance on all aspects of transboundary conservation planning, management and governance.

    Governance of Protected Areas

    South America