As a Union, IUCN seeks to influence, encourage, and assist societies throughout the world conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. A central secretariat coordinates the IUCN Programme and serves the Union membership, representing their views on the world stage and providing them with the strategies, services, scientific knowledge, and technical support they need to achieve their goals. Through its six Commissions, IUCN draws together more than 6,000 expert volunteers in project teams and action groups, focusing, in particular, on species and biodiversity conservation and the management of habitats and natural resources. The Union has helped many countries prepare National Conservation Strategies, and demonstrates the application of its knowledge through the field projects it supervises. Operations are increasingly decentralized and are carried forward by an expanding network of regional and country offices, located principally in developing countries.
The World Conservation Union builds on the strengths of its members, networks, and partners to enhance their capacity and support global alliances to safeguard natural resources at local, regional, and global levels.
The IUCN annual report describes the mission and projects of the World Conservation Union, including Who Will Care For the Earth; The Evolving Union; Programme Highlights; and The Challenges Ahead.
The IUCN Publications Database and the IUCN Periodicals Database are also available from CIESIN's Gateway.
Datasets from other organizations containing environmental, earth science, and global change information can be located through CIESIN's Gateway.
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