IUCN celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2018, seven decades championing the protection of nature and fulfilling the global environmental agenda.
Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental union, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has a history of creating and providing credible and trusted biodiversity knowledge, tools, and standards. This year IUCN is celebrating its 70th anniversary, championing ambitious global goals throughout the years, from the protection of nature to the ultimate goal of achieving sustainable development.
The union’s strength continues to grow. IUCN is now up to 1,300+ members (including states, government agencies, and NGOs) and 13,000+ experts members in six Commissions to assess the state of the world’s nature. IUCN’s presence spans across more than 160 countries and currently constitutes the world’s largest environmental network, ensuring that sustainable human development and biodiversity conservation keep working hand in hand.
“The pressure on nature has never been so great. IUCN is designed to not only withstand but counteract this pressure through the provision of knowledge and tools critical for ensuring that human progress, economic development, and nature conservation take place together.”
—Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General.
Knowledge as a means counteract current pressures on nature
As humanity tackles increasing global challenges, such as climate change and the sixth mass extinction, IUCN’s knowledge and expertise are more important than ever. The Union has been instrumental in the development of international conservation law through the creation and implementation of key UN agreements (e.g. UNESCO World Heritage, CITES, CBD and UNFCCC conventions) and various knowledge products. IUCN’s knowledge products are tools for the conservation of biodiversity, focusing either on incorporating a spatial distribution of biodiversity information or on informing effective governance of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Knowledge Productos based on spatial distribution of biodiversity:
- IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™
- Protected Planet (including the World Database on Protected Areas — WDPA)
- IUCN Red List of Ecosystems
- Key Biodiversity Areas — KBAs
Knowledge Productos to inform effective governance:
IUCN’s Knowledge Products data provides the scientific basis used in reaching international objectives such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Paris Climate Agreement, effectively helping shape the direction of conservation and responsible progress. This 2018, as IUCN continues to work towards the completion of 2020 biodiversity framework goals amid anniversary celebrations, a new grand narrative for conservation has begun taking shape. The change, the opportunity we all seek is right around the corner.
Written by: Lila García
Style and format: Lila García and Clara Gómez
Provita Oct 10, 2018