The Washington D.C. Office works with regional Members, global institutions, and the U.S. donor community to further conservation worldwide. We represent over 120 United States and Canadian Members of the Union, as well over 3,000 IUCN Commission members based in North America.
Based in the U.S. national capital, our primary role is to engage with the U.S. Government and leading policy and financial institutions to foster dialogue and action on nature-based solutions to some of humanity's greatest challenges. We achieve this by promoting and sharing IUCN's science-based knowledge products among policymakers and the private sector, convening Member organisations to provide input on partner policies and standards, and working alongside government agencies to develop conservation and sustainable development programmes around the globe.
IUCN runs several thematic programmes within the Washington D.C. Office, including initiatives related to ecosystem-based adaptation, forest landscape restoration, gender, economics and social science, and biodiversity assessments. In addition, coordinators for the Sargasso Sea Commission and the Global Island Partnership are based in the D.C. Office. Through fundraising and other lines of work, we support the development and implementation of the IUCN Red List, Key Biodiversity Areas, and the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Business.
The Washington D.C. Office has built strong relationships with U.S. funders – including government agencies, charitable foundations, and philanthropists – to support the work of IUCN and its partners and Members worldwide. One relationship of note is that with IUCN-US, a U.S.-based, 501(c)(3) charitable organisation that is legally distinct from IUCN. By partnering with IUCN-US, IUCN is better able to channel U.S. funding opportunities to the Union.