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What is the IUCN, the CC-IUCN and how do they relate?  

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was created in 1948 and is the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it for future generations.

The IUCN has 1,300 members from government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and engages more than 13,000 experts in six specialist areas of focus:

  • Species survival
  • Environmental law
  • Protected areas
  • Social and economic policy
  • Ecosystem management and
  • Education and communication

The IUCN has various national and regional committees that are self- organized and recognized by the centre. The CC-IUCN is Canada’s national committee.

THE CANADIAN COMMITTEE FOR THE IUCN (CC-IUCN) CONTRIBUTES TO THE IUCN BY:

  • Keeping committee members informed about broader IUCN work in Canada and internationally
  • Sharing opportunities to engage with the IUCN, including providing feedback on IUCN initiatives
  • Engaging in the Motions Process
  • Inspiring the next generation through youth sponsorship to participate in IUCN activities

THE IUCN CONTRIBUTES TO THE CC-IUCN BY:

  • Engaging members in the development of the Programme
  • Providing support to the CC-IUCN during and between World Conservation Congresses
  • Sharing reports, research, and key learnings related to biodiversity conservation

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