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

  • Wuhan, China Photo: ©IUCN/Claire Warmenbol

    GrowGreen: Chinese cities grow and with it, the need for green

    18.12.2018

    Worldwide out of the 47 megacities, China alone counts 17. These are cities with a population in excess of 10 million people. Today over half of the Chinese mainland population lives in cities. Towards 2030, China aims for 70% of its population, about...

  • Western gray whale in Sakhalin Western gray whale in Sakhalin  Photo: Yuri Yakovlev

    IUCN seeks whale conservation experts to advise on energy development impacts

    14.12.2018

    IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on its independent scientific and technical advisory panel to minimize impacts on western gray whales during offshore oil and gas development near Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East....

  • Derelict gillnet, Oahu, Hawaii, USA Photo: Frank Baetsch

    Derelict Fishing Gear from the World’s Marine Capture Fisheries

    14.12.2018

    Assessment of Annual Rates and Levels of Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear in Global Marine Capture Fisheries

  • Beijing Forest University, Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati. Lecture, conservation Group photo after Dr. Balakrishna presentation at Beijing Forest University Photo: Hanying Li

    #NatureForAll – reaching out to key Chinese institutions

    14.12.2018

    Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, IUCN-CEC Regional Vice Chair for South and Southeastern Asia interacted with several senior officials of both the Government and academia on emerging issues of conservation during this recent visit to China as the Visitor of Minzu...

  • Dr Randall Reeves Dr Randall Reeves  Photo: Randall Reeves

    Dr Randall Reeves to continue leading advisory panel on industry development impacts

    11.12.2018

    Dr Randall Reeves has been re-appointed by IUCN as Chair of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), which provides independent advice on the impacts of offshore oil and gas development on gray whales and their habitat. He plans to continue leading the...

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