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

  • ACT! 30 IUCN Young Professionals met in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Site prior to WPC 2014 Photo: Rebecca Koss

    Apply now - WCPA and CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme

    11.12.2018

    CoalitionWILD and the WCPA are accepting applications to the 2019 Global Mentorship Programme, pairing conservation veterans with emerging leaders for a 12-month intergenerational exchange. Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee by 15 January.

  • School Girls drawing their messages on postcards School girls in Bangladesh drawing their messages on postcards Photo: BLI Bangladesh

    Creative Thinking from the Children of Nigeria

    10.12.2018

    Second article of the Children as Champions of Climate Change - stories from all around the Planet series. Students surprised project leaders with their openness and creativity.

  • WCEL-ICEL-IGEP Note Photo: WCEL-ICEL-IGEP

    WCEL announced today the global release of the WCEL-ICEL-IGEP Note

    10.12.2018

    The United Nations Secretary-General’s Report, “Gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments: towards a global pact for the environment” (A/73/419, 3 December 2018). 

  • Natura è Benessere; Nature Is Wellbeing; children on the grass; rolling on the grass Feeling free ,by rolling on the grass. Photo: Angela Tavone

    #NatureForAll, Wellbeing for kids

    05.12.2018

    The #NatureForAll CEC-WCPA campaign and the Children&Nature Network proposals have been implemented in Italy. A Pilot Project launched by the Ministry of Public Health promotes educational initiatives in Nature and in Protected Areas to improve children’s...

  • Emmanuel Macron, Ban Ki-moon and Laurent Fabius present Global Pact Photo: Michel Richard

    United Nations Secretary General promotes Global Pact

    05.12.2018

    New York, 4 December 2018 – On 3 December 2018, UN Secretary-General Guterres released the UN’s very first report on the state of international environmental law. This work will be decisive if international law is to adequately meet the urgency of Earth’s...

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