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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 18,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. IUCN seeks ‘a just world that values and conserves nature’ as its vision.

The IUCN National Committee for the United Kingdom (NCUK) supports an active, informed and expanding IUCN Member base, contributing to improved biodiversity outcomes for the UK’s land and sea, including its Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and elsewhere. By encouraging co-operation among all IUCN Members, we facilitate their contribution to the programme and governance of IUCN and the sharing of knowledge, experience, policy and practice in the IUCN community. 

UK Government advisors agree to stand together and speak up for Nature

Launched at an event at the Royal Society in London in November, the heads of all the UK’s Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies have agreed a joint statement on ‘Nature Recovery for Our Survival, Prosperity and Wellbeing. Just in time for the Biodiversity CoP15 in Montreal in December 2022, this is an important message for our times.

You can read the statement HERE

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