International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) is an international organization, founded in 1948 and known as the world’s first global environmental organization. Its main focus is on natural resources conservation. It comprises of more than 1000 member organizations that includes both government and non government organizations. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, Switzerland.
IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects across the world and brings in governments, non government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy and laws. Its mission is to influence, encourage and help societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and sustainable.
It has three components namely, member organizations, six scientific commissions and secretariat. The member organizations consist of both states and non governmental organizations. The commission accesses the state of natural resources around the world and provide policy advice on conservation issues to IUCN. Members and commissions work together with a professional secretariat consisting more than 1000 people.