IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 18,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

IUCN Europe

The IUCN European Regional Office focuses on biodiversity, nature conservation, EU policy and Nature-based Solutions. The office provides valuable input into ongoing policy debates in these areas, as well as a broad platform for discussions thanks to its varied membership and open dialogues.

IUCN Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A region highly diverse, both in its culture, traditions and languages and in its natural values and ecological features. To help build a more sustainable future, IUCN focuses on good governance, protection of biodiversity and effective and equitable use of natural resources, while advocating diverse partnerships and dialogue, and linking science, policy and action. The IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (IUCN ECARO) was established in 2015 with a view to supporting IUCN constituency and implementing the IUCN Programme in most countries of the IUCN Statutory Region East Europe, North and Central Asia.



The IUCN Commissions analyse issues and prepare assessments, reports, action plans, criteria and methodology and undertake research and other scientific and technical work; Undertake tasks assigned to them within the integrated programme of IUCN; Provide advice on any matter within their fields of competence; Broaden knowledge and competence on matters relating to their mandates; Work with Members and the Secretariat to develop activities within the various Regions; Support Members and components of IUCN with necessary expertise; and Undertake such other responsibilities as may be assigned to them by the World Congress and the Council.


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


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Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy provides expertise and policy advice on economic and social factors for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. 

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


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

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World Commission on Environmental Law 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. 


obj 38 World Commission on Protected Areas promotes the establishment and effective management of a worldwide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas.