The six Commissions unite 10,000 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.  


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    Perú será la sede del III Congreso de Áreas Protegidas Latinoamericano y del Caribe en el 2019


    La ministra de Ambiente del Perú, Fabiola Muñoz Dodero, anunció oficialmente la realización del III Congreso de Áreas Protegidas Latinoamericano y del Caribe (III CLAAP), evento internacional que tendrá como anfitrión por primera vez al Perú, uno de los...

  • Nature for All Banderole Photo: IUCN

    Celebrating the World Forest Day by tree planting and forest cleaning


    Brahim Haddane, CEC Regional ViceChair for the Mediterranean chaired the World Forest Day celebration organised by ASMAPEC with its partners on March 21.

  • Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati at International Biodiversity Celebration Day in India Photo: IUCN

    Celebrations for the Future!


    22nd May 2018 was celebrated as the International Day for Biological Diversity, globally. As a part of this, several celebrations were held in India that also commemorated 25 years of India’s actions towards securing biodiversity for the future, through its...

  • Hanying Li at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference Photo: IUCN

    CEC presents Nature-Based Solution and #NatureForAll at Asia Society Annual Conference


    Upon invitation from East-West Center (EWC), CEC Steering Committee members, Nancy Colleton and Hanying Li, participated in“Taking Nature into Account: Can Valuing Nature and Conservation Promote Sustainable Models of Development in Asia?” a panel at the...

  • CEC Steering Committee Members Photo: IUCN

    Message from the CEC Chair


    It is with delight that I reach out to all of you amazing Commission members! As Chair of the Commission, I am extremely pleased that we are moving into the next stage of our engagement with you. So get ready!

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