IUCN is a global organisation made up of many thousands of members engaged in nature conservation and sustainable development. These members fall into three groups: State governments, non-governmental organisations, and individuals. IUCN seeks to work with all of these constituents to promote the conservation of biodiversity and sustainability across the world. It is influential on global and national policies in these areas through such a partnership approach. You can find out more about IUCN at www.iucn.org
An organisation of this scale cannot operate effectively without many different partners delivering different elements of its work. One such partner is a country’s National Committee. National Committees are intended as a focus for each state’s government and those IUCN Member organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, based in that state. In the UK’s case, this includes responsibility for its Overseas Territories.
The National Committee is also a focus for individuals who are Members of IUCN Commissions and who reside in the UK.
IUCN NCUK represents the interests of UK Members in the IUCN West Europe region, working closely with the IUCN East Europe, North and Central Asia region and across the global IUCN family.
The NCUK works as a convening body, aiming to bring together Members from across the IUCN spectrum and from outside in order to share information and to discuss approaches to influencing conservation policy and practice. IUCN NCUK also seeks to add value to UK conservation work by developing projects linked to the IUCN global programme.