Founding partners

IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Established in 1948, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network. A science-based organization, IUCN's work is supported by over 1,100 professional staff in 58 offices, more than 1,000 members and partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world and an annual budget of approximately $130 million.

IUCN has been the world's leading advocate of biodiversity conservation and has developed, evaluated and employed cutting edge knowledge at the nexus of conservation and sustainable livelihoods. IUCN's vision and mission emphasize the Union's recognition of the intricate link between people and nature and the need to consider both social and environmental aspects of conservation action and how such action contributes to sustainability.

IUCN's networks enable it to convene civil society and governments for democratic dialogues on conservation and sustainable development issues, and provides a platform for the conservation community and others to access credible and usable knowledge of environmental issues.

The IUCN 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.

Contacts: dr. Andrew Seidl

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) 2009 ongoing


WBCSD-EVI and the Natural Capital Project 2011 ongoing


IUCN-Mercuria TEEB Workshop Series and CBD NBSAP Revision - -


IPES Book Project 2006 ongoing