IUCN welcomes 38 new Members

07 June 2010 | News story

On 4 June 2010, the 74th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 38 new Members to join IUCN.

The Council, President, Director General and entire family of IUCN extend a very warm welcome to the new Members and look forward to their active involvement.

All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) is a community-based action research, action planning and action advocacy organisation in India. Established after the 1987-89 Gujarat droughts, AIDMI works towards bridging the gap between policy, practice and research related to disaster risk mitigation and reduction. As an operational as well as learning organisation it is able to link local communities with national and international policies of relief and long-term recovery.

Associação de Defesa do Património de Mértola (ADPM) [Association of Defence of the Patrimony of Mértola] in Portugal works in partnership at local, regional, national and international levels, linking biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, addressing desertification problems and identifying employment opportunities for rural people based on the use of natural resources.

Association NODDE NOOTO (A2N) [Nodde Nooto Association], which means “ready to serve” in the Fulfulde language, was created to guide and enhance the human, cultural and economic potential of the Sahel. Nodde Nooto, based in Burkina Faso, works to establish bases for self-help and sustainable development within Sahelian grassroots communities that protect the environment and humans, through the use of respect for social, cultural, technical and economic values.

Association pour la Gestion de l’Environnement et le Développement (AGED) [Association for Environmental Management and Development] works for the promotion of endogenous development based on the effective empowerment of the population and rational management of the environment, by contributing more specifically to the protection of the ecological and land tenure capital of Burkina Faso. AGED intervenes in the sustainable management of natural resources and local development. Its actions contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the development of Burkina Faso.

Association pour les Victimes de la Répression en Afrique ( AVRA )[Association for Victims of Repression in Africa] was founded to constitute a warning system for the protection of the environment and to check the abusive exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In particular, AVRA works to create and strengthen participatory, autonomous and democratic institutions in communities in order to improve on natural resource management and environmental protection for sustainable development.

Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD) works to balance the needs of coastal communities with the needs of the marine environment to ensure a sustainable future for all, by educating, empowering and supporting coastal communities to participate in the protection of their environment and the sustainable management and use of marine resources.

Centre for the Environmental Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) in Bangladesh works to support the management of natural resources for sustainable socio-economic development using integrated environmental analysis, geographic information systems, remote sensing and information technology. With support from the Government of Bangladesh, USAID and the Government of the Netherlands, the organisation has grown from a traditional project 'EGIS' into a national institute for further developing the country's capability for effective and efficient management of natural resources.

The Conservation Action Trust (CAT) was formed to conserve India’s natural wealth and increase sensitivity towards forests, wildlife and rivers through research, education, public participation and, when necessary, judicial intervention. The Trust works to educate and enlighten decision makers and the public about the important role of forests in protecting the water security of the country. CAT is dedicated to providing assistance in the form of technical information, legal advice, aid and equipment to all those confronting environmental problems.

Coordinadora de Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA) [Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazonian Basin], based in Ecuador, works to defend and protect the culture and lifestyles, as well as the territories, of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. COICA represents over 386 indigenous peoples of the Amazon, comprising approximately 1,750,700 people in nine regional countries: Peru, Guyana, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, French Guyana, Suriname and Colombia.

Earth Day Network (EDN) was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. They work to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilise it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment, doing this through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer activism campaigns. EDN has a network of more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

Ecole pour la formation de spécialistes de la faune de Garoua (EFG) [Garoua Wildlife Specialist Training School] is an institution established by the Government of Cameroon with the technical and financial support received from several international organisations, including UNEP, IUCN and the FAO. Since its inception, it has trained more than 1,000 professionals in the field of wildlife conservation and protected areas management in Francophone Africa. The school is also active in wildlife surveys, wildlife management, elaboration and evaluation of management plans for protected areas development and wildlife management.

Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) is an environmental United Arab Emirates non-governmental organization, established to implement conservation actions for the protection of local biodiversity. In the UAE, EWS works in association with WWF. The mission of EWS-WWF is to conserve the natural heritage of the UAE and to promote sustainable lifestyles, and their mandate covers species, habitats, climate change, ecological footprint and natural resources.

Fédération des Conservatoires botaniques nationaux (FCBN) [National Federation of Botanical Conservatories] in France is the umbrella organisation for the 11 National Botanical Conservatories approved by the Ministry of ecology, energy and sustainable development. FCBN works to provide knowledge and conserve the wild flora and its habitats, and to support and participate in the elaboration of public policies for the study, preservation and enhancement of wild plants heritage (flora and habitat).

Fédération des conservatoires des espaces naturels - Espaces naturels de France (FCEN) [French Federation of Natural Area Conservatories] works for the preservation of the natural heritage in France and its Overseas Territories. The 30 regional and departmental Conservatories are grouped in a network within their national federation (FCEN), which contributes to the management of a network of natural sites.

Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) encourages international and local cooperation between and among communities, NGOs business groups and government agencies towards developing policies and effective programs for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. FPE is the first and only non-government grant-making institution for the environment in the Philippines

Fundación CBD para la Conservación de la Biodiversidad y su Hábitat [Foundation for the Conservation of Biodiversity and Habitat (CBDHabitat)] in Spain works to conserve biodiversity, focusing especially on the conservation of endangered species and their habitats (e.g. Iberian Lynx, Iberian Imperial Eagle, Mediterranean Monk Seal). The Foundation’s scope of activities is both national and international, with projects in countries such as Mauritania, Morocco and Guinea Bissau.

Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo, Inc. (FUNGLODE) [Global Foundation for Democracy and Development], in the Dominican Republic works for the social, economic and democratic development of the country and Region, in particular by promoting international collaboration and exchange in order to advance the level of public debate, increase public awareness and achieve sounder public policies, for example related to climate change and ecosystems.

Fundación para el Desarrollo Urbano (FUDEU) [Urban Development Foundation] specialises in the field of urban development with major projects in Central America. It calls for the real participation of civil society in decision-making processes regarding policies that affect them. FUDEU considers the integrated management of water resources as an urgent issue and acts as the secretariat of the Freshwater Action Network – Central America – FANCA.

Fundación para la Conservación y el Uso Sustentable de los Humedales (Fundacion Humedales) [Foundation for the Conservation and the Sustainable Use of Wetlands] runs the programme of Wetlands International in Argentina and works to protect and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity for future generations. Currently, Wetlands International operates in Argentina through a working agreement with the Foundation for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands.

Global Footprint Network (GFN) works to measure human impact on the Earth so everyone can make more informed choices, and does this by promoting the use of the Ecological Footprint - a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. Working across six continents, GFN provides the scientific data necessary to drive large-scale, social change and works to advance the impact of the Footprint in the world, applying it to practical projects and contributing to the global dialogue about a one-planet future and how to facilitate change.

Groupe Local d`Observation et d`Identification des Cétacés de la Réunion (GLOBICE Réunion) [Local Group for the Observation and Identification of Cetaceans of Reunion] is charged with observing, studying and protecting cetaceans in La Réunion and Western Indian Ocean. GLOBICE, which is active locally, in La Réunion, and regionally, in the Western Indian Ocean, has been collecting data on cetaceans since 2001 and is experienced in their identification and tracking.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is a democratic, international association of local governments and national and regional local government organisations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI’s mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.

El Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt (IAvH) [The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Research on Biological Resources] in Colombia is a non-profit organization, ruled by the norms of science and technology. It has various members including the Ministry of the Environment, Colciencias (Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation), public and private universities, local government and non-governmental organizations. Its Mission is to promote, coordinate and carry out research which contributes to the understanding, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as a factor in the development and well-being of the Colombian population.

Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) works to ensure the best stewardship of Jamaica’s natural environment through a range of programmes designed to protect natural resources, to increase environmental awareness, advocate in civil society and ensure the inclusion of environmental issues in national development planning. JET operates Jamaica's largest environmental education programme, the Schools Environment Programme, and coordinates a network of high school environmental clubs called the Student Environment Network.

Jardin Botanique de la Ville de Lyon (LYJB) [Lyon Botanical Garden] is a botanical garden in France displaying a large documented, registered and labelled collection to a large public (400,000 visitors/year) across an area of 20 acres (6,000 m2 of greenhouses). LYJB’s main objectives are knowledge, the conservation of plant biodiversity and public education. Each year 4,000 school children visit the botanical garden and are taught about the environment through activities. Guided tours on several themes are also offered to the general public.

Korean Wetland Society (KWS) works to conserve wetlands in Korea as well as worldwide. The Society provides opinions on nature conservation and works to increase biodiversity based on wetlands, understanding that wetlands conservation is a central theme for maintaining a healthy environment for humans and all living organisms.

Living Earth Foundation (LEF) specialises in working with people to resolve their environmental concerns. It is active in education, environment and community development. It also promotes and practices positive engagement and partnership working with local communities, civil society, corporations and governments in developing solutions to local, regional, national and international problems. LEF is currently running programmes in eight countries, working in diverse localities from the Niger Delta to Venezuela, Alaska to Sakhalin Island.

Ministravo Životne Sredine I Prostornog Planiranja (MŽSPP) [Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning], a Serbian Government Agency, works to incorporate conservation measures into the national legislation, and to implement strategies and action plans with the goal of conserving and improving the existing biological and landscape diversity at the local, national and regional levels. The Ministry performs activities of state administration pertaining to physical planning, infrastructure and construction as well as the protection and sustainable development of natural resources.

National Association of Conservancies of South Africa (NACSA) was established to promote community-driven conservation, promoting the stewardship of natural resources at a community level, and to network with local and international bodies with similar aims. Its membership consists of two representatives from provincial conservancy associations plus co-opted members as required.

Rainforest Concern works to protect threatened natural habitats, the biodiversity they contain and the indigenous people who still depend on them for their survival. At present, Rainforest Concern has 19 conservation projects in 12 countries: Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Romania, Suriname, Costa Rica, Panama, India, Sri Lanka and Uganda. It works work closely with local conservation organisations in these countries to protect rainforests. Central to Rainforest Concern’s philosophy is the establishment of strong partnerships with small yet dynamic organisations in the countries where it operates.

The Taraqee Foundation (TF) in Pakistan works to support and empower low income communities in Pakistan through a range of strategies that combine poverty alleviation with environmental sensitivity. Their work is concentrated on drought mitigation and preparedness, the rehabilitation of water supply schemes, the provision of clean drinking water, irrigation schemes, flood protection, sanitation and capacity building for employees in organisations in the development sector and university graduates.

Tchendukua - Ici et Ailleurs (TIA) [Tchendukua - Here and Elsewhere] works mainly with the Kogi, one of the few surviving Pre-Columbian civilisations of South America, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Martha in Colombia. Tchendukua’s mission is to assist indigenous communities to take ownership of their future. It collects funds to purchase land and returns it to the Kogi, and helps them to restore their environment.

Unidade de Desenvolvimento da Educação Básica Laboratório (UDEBA-LAB) [Unit of Basic Education Development - Laboratory] in Mozambique is an association of educators interested in basic environmental education. UDEBA-LAB works to link basic education with the environment and to promote quality education to improve livelihoods as well as the interaction of Mozambican society with the environment in a sustainable way.

Vida Silvestre, Sociedad Uruguaya para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (VSUY) [Wild Life, Nature Conservation Uruguayan Society] works to conserve nature in Uruguay in a participatory manner, through the development and promotion of scientific research, dissemination of knowledge, advocacy, protection of species and ecosystems as well as the establishment and management of Protected Areas through innovative strategies that contribute to maintaining biodiversity. It places the Uruguayan people at the heart of all actions for the conservation of the environment and living species.

Water and Environment Centre (WEC), Sana'a University is a centre for water management and environmental science, which provides education, training and consultancy services, and undertakes applied research for the Yemeni and regional water sector. WEC is affiliated to Sana’a University.
The combination of teaching, research and consultancy ensures intensive interaction between science and applied activities, enabling WEC to be a focal point for water related information in Yemen and the Arab region and to play a central role in the water education on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

The Wildlands Trust is a non-profit organisation working to conserve South Africa’s biodiversity. The emphasis of the organization is on expanding the Wildlands’ Conservation footprints, supporting both formal and informal biodiversity conservation, and to act as a catalyst for the protection of threatened species while raising conservation awareness amongst the people of South Africa.
The Trust provides strategic support for biodiversity conservation programmes and projects through being a centre of excellence for the restoration and conservation of natural ecosystems through the development of innovative socio-economic partnerships.

Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) protects and conserves endangered species by monitoring illegal wildlife trade and conducts field level activities to safeguard wildlife species in their natural habitat. It also designs and conducts research, training and workshops and enhances the capacity of enforcement officials in combating wildlife trade. WCN involves local communities, civil society, scientific communities and conservationists in its work on environment protection, natural resource management and the promotion of the sustainable use of natural resources

Xiamen Green Cross Association (XMGCA) is dedicated to advocating for public participation in environmental protection and environmental policy through education for sustainable development and environmental campaigns. By establishing a communication platform for volunteers, the association develops and implements projects to preserve natural diversity, prevent climate change and promote a green lifestyle.


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