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

  • Socotra Fauna Photo: PInterrest

    #NatureForAll and World Heritage Sites

    10.01.2019

    The more people experience, connect with, and share their love of nature, the more support there will be for its conservation and the more they will be connected to natural landmarks among which natural world heritage sites emerge as the most celebrated....

  • Mweza major dumpsite cleanup August 2018 Photo: Naima Zubeir

    Achieving Zero Percent Waste

    07.01.2019

    The Kishoka Youth Organization and 250 young people moved 1,000 tons of waste in 12 hours in Mombasa County, Kenya

  • Larry Hamilton Photo: Larry Hamilton

    Celebrating the 100th edition of the Mountain Protected Areas Update!

    21.12.2018

    The strength and resilience of the IUCN WCPA Mountain Network and Specialist Group needs no other indication than the 100th edition of the Mountain UPDATE. 

  • Panelists at the UNFCCC Photo: Luis Barquin

    Outcomes of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform

    20.12.2018

    Report from CEESP Chair, Kristen Walker Painemilla Last week after three years of work, the 24th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP24) reached a major accomplishment with a draft decision on the Local Communities and Indigenous...

  • Mauritius fruit bat Photo: © Jacques de Speville

    IUCN calls for an end to culls of the Mauritius Fruit Bat

    19.12.2018

    The Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released a position statement respectfully appealing to the Government of Mauritius to halt any cull of the Endangered Mauritius Fruit Bat, Pteropus niger,...

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