The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organisation working for a common goal, to protect and conserve nature, and ensure the sustainable use of resources. IUCN is a global partnership, or a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.
Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 15,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. IUCN experts are organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication. Thus, these Commissions are broad and active networks of scientists and experts providing IUCN and its Members with sound scientific knowledge and policy advice to drive conservation and sustainable development.
The Environment and Resources Authority is a member of the IUCN.