Commissions

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.  


News

  • CCL Conference 2018 Photo: CCRN

    Follow us at the Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods Conference 2018

    23.05.2018

    CEESP News -- Communities Conservation Research Network (CCRN) From every part of the world (except Antarctica), over 400 people will converge on Saint Mary’s University, in Halifax, Canada, in late May. They are focused on one thing – the power...

  • ICEF Rome Brasilia Declaration Stefano Burchi speaking to the importance of the Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice during the International Conference on Environmental Governance and Sustainable Cities at Rome City Hall on 20-21 April 2018. Photo: WCEL

    Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice Presented in Rome

    23.05.2018

    WCEL Member Stefano Burchi spoke to the importance of the Brasília Declaration of Judges on Water Justice during the International Conference on Environmental Governance and Sustainable Cities at Rome City Hall on 20-21 April 2018.

  • IUCN expresses shock at shooting of 11 environmental protesters in south India Photo: IUCN

    IUCN expresses shock at shooting of 11 environmental protesters in south India

    23.05.2018

    IUCN expresses its shock at the police shooting of 11 people during mass protests over a copper plant in south India, which residents say is causing pollution in the area.

  • CBD Logo 25 Anniversary Photo: CBD

    Celebrate 25 years of action on International Biodiversity Day – 22 May

    23.05.2018

    Around the world, people are organizing celebrations on 22 May 2018, the International Day for Biodiversity. The celebrations highlight 25 years of action to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity and build a future of live in harmony with nature.

  • Group picture of the Resolution 80 meeting Photo: Kristen Walker-Painemilla

    Note from the CEESP Chair

    22.05.2018

    CEESP Note from the Chair -- Kristen Walker-Painemilla It has been a fruitful 2018 for CEESP so far. The last half of 2017 and first quarter of 2018 has focused on our partnership with the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) and planning for the...

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