The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.
The IUCN Vision and Mission:
“Our vision is a just world that values and conserves nature. Our mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.”
Conservation of Biodiversity:
“Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN. We demonstrate how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges: tackling climate change, achieving sustainable energy, improving human well-being and building a green economy.”
In relation to conservation and sustainability, the IUCN directs its activities towards:
- Science – setting global standards in various fields such as species extinction risk.
- Action – establishing conservation projects aimed at sustainable management of resources.
- Influence – influencing international environmental conventions, policies and laws.
IUCN runs programs in the following areas:
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