Surge in IUCN Members and Committees

25 November 2010 | News story

 IUCN welcomes 35 new Members and officially recognizes 3 Regional Committees and 2 National Committees.

On 20 November 2010, the 75th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 35 new Members to join IUCN and officially recognized 3 Regional Committees and 2 National Committees.

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. Furthermore, IUCN welcomes the following Regional and National Committees:

  • Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Committee of IUCN Members
  • West and Central Africa Regional Committee of IUCN Members
  • Caribbean Regional Committee of IUCN Members
  • Burkina Faso National Committee of IUCN Members
  • Kenya National Committee of IUCN Members

New IUCN Members:

Aaranyak in India works to promote wildlife research and conservation in North East India through research, environmental education, capacity building and advocacy for legal and policy reform. Through its Threatened Species Conservation Programme, Aaranyak researches and monitors rhino, elephants, tigers, gangetic dolphins, primates, avifauna, herpetofauna, lagomorphs and their habitats.
Aaranyak is also involved in creative, strategic media and outreach programmes throughout the region with the active participation of communities and children.

African Conservation Trust in South Africa supports the conservation of natural and cultural resources and the protection of the natural environment in South Africa and neighbouring countries. It identifies critical issues and works in partnership with communities, other environmental organisations, academic institutions and donor agencies to implement pioneering projects, with a focus on poverty alleviation, long-term sustainability and the preservation of South Africa's natural resources for generations to come.

Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) in Lebanon works for the conservation of biodiversity and preservation of cultural heritage in the Jabal Moussa mountain and surrounding villages that form the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve. The mountain is located in the Caza of Kesrwan in the north of the Mount Lebanon chain. APJM practices participatory and adaptive management and works for the sustainable development of local communities through the creation of income generating and sustainable socio-economic activities.

Association Malienne pour la Protection de l`Environnement (STOPSAHEL) [Malian Association for Environment Protection] in Mali works to support national sub regional and international policies and strategies for the protection and management of natural resources, food security and access to social services. STOP SAHEL provides advisory support and assists decentralized communities and other civil society actors to better integrate the priorities of grassroots organizations in their development programmes. In addition, it trains local community leaders and mayors and provides support for the organization and institutional development of women’s groups.

L’Association pour le Développement et l’Appui aux Communautés (ADAC) [Association for the Development and Help of Communities] in Mali works to help improve communities’ living conditions at grassroots level, through technical, business and organizational capacity building, by means of training, information, literacy, environmental management and better access to financial resources. ADAC runs a wealth of nature conservation activities, for example on soil restoration, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry technology development and adaptation to climate change, in addition to income-generating activities in order to mitigate human pressure on the environment.
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Associazione di Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina (ACRA) [Association for Cooperation in Rural areas in Africa and Latin America] in Italy focuses on rural development and supporting the fight against poverty and hunger, addressing basic rights such as access to natural resources, health and education. ACRA is currently present in several countries in Africa, Central and Southern America, where it implements integrated development projects, providing technical skilled staff. At the same time ACRA works in Italy and Europe, supporting the claim for basic rights of the populations living in developing countries.

Bayerische Akademie für Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege (ANL) [Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management] in Germany is an education and research institution, which works to promote nature conservation and landscape management through courses, conferences, research and publications at all levels. ANL has conducted more than 150 research projects so far and also runs practical courses and training workshops with a focus on teaching skills in Botany and Zoology. It provides knowledge, standards and tools for biodiversity conservation and the protection of species and habitats.

Beijing Forestry Society (BFS) is a non-profit society registered in Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau, China. It works to promote forestry science and technological development, international communication and cooperation and governmental policy-making. The society runs events and executes projects in the fields of watershed management and water conservation, forestry carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, forest landscape restoration, forest certification and community livelihood improvement.

Biocolombia – Fundación para la Conservación del Patrimonio Natural [Biocolombia-Natural Heritage Conservation Foundation] works to conserve natural heritage in Colombia as a basis for sustainable development, contributing to the strengthening of the National Protected Areas System.
Biocolombia undertakes research on environmental issues and biodiversity resources and supports government, public and private sector actions aiming at biodiversity conservation, particularly those relating to the establishment of National Parks and Natural Protected Areas.

Centre d’appui aux Femmes et aux Ruraux (CAFER) [Support To Women And Rural People Center] in Cameroon is a development organisation that is working to alleviate poverty, by lending support to women and marginalised people in urban and rural areas. It works mainly to provide alternatives taking into consideration the guiding principles of the sustainable management of natural resources for sustainable economic and ecological development. CAFER has a great deal of experience in the area of accompanying communities in local development through participatory management of natural resources.

Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) in Malawi facilitates environment and development policy processes that are sustainable and pro-poor in their focus. CEPA is a think tank for ideas and an action oriented research institution. It works on environment and natural resources issues, which are key for Malawi’s predominantly rural agriculture economy. CEPA's core business is policy research, analysis, advocacy and environmental law.

Chinese Society of Forestry (CSF) in China works with foresters to promote forestry development and professional exchanges, to popularize forestry science and technology, promote an increase in forestry personnel and to improve public awareness of the environment. CSF counts over 87,000 members and is the biggest forestry NGO in China. It promotes a number of academic exchanges and publishes journals including the Scientia Silvae Sinicae.

Community Centred Conservation (C3) in the United Kingdom works to develop conservation efforts worldwide by building the capacity of local individuals and institutions through grassroots research and training initiatives. Its principal activities include research into endangered species and coastal habitats, including mapping and the establishment of community monitoring programmes. Public awareness-raising campaigns are conducted and capacity-building for local conservation practitioners through practical training programmes. C3 also has a Madagascar and Indian Ocean Island Programme for Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Daejayon (DJY) [International Association of University Students for Environmental Movement] in the Republic of Korea is an environmental association for university students and graduates. Daejayon means Mother Nature in Korean. Its members hold seminars on important environmental issues e.g. the effect of climate change on societies, and carry out environmental clean-up programmes. Daejayon carries out numerous networking activities and global campaigns aimed at changing the consciousness and behaviour of university students with regards to the most pressing environmental issues.

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) is an umbrella organisation representing the parks and conservation activities of the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean. Its mission is to safeguard the biodiversity and promote the sustainable management of the natural resources of the islands of the Dutch Caribbean, both on land and in the water, for the benefit of present and future generations, by supporting and assisting the protected area management organizations and nature conservation activities in the Dutch Caribbean.

Friends of Nature (FON) in China promotes environmental awareness and works to create a platform for public participation in environmental decision-making. FON focuses on protecting endangered species, such as the Tibetan antelope and the snub-nosed monkey. It leads environmental education programmes with field trips and teacher training, as well as awareness-raising campaigns via numerous publications and public exhibitions. FON commits to help its members proactively undertake their responsibilities and actions as green citizens and consumers, and is involved in fostering a growing network of grassroots environmental NGOs throughout China.

Fondation Goodplanet [GoodPlanet Foundation] in France works to raise awareness on environmental issues and is specifically involved in environmental education activities for children and the general public. In France and abroad, GoodPlanet works for the creation and wide dissemination of information and educational material, readily available and understandable by all. This material presents an artistic and informative vision of the richness of nature and the threats it is facing. GoodPlanet was created and is presided by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the French environmentalist, known for his photographs and documentaries on the environment.

Forest Stewardship Council A.C.(FSC) in Mexico works to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. It provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry. FSC is an international association of members consisting of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people's organizations, responsible corporations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organizations from around the world.

Fundo Do Ambiente (FUNAB) [Environment Fund] in Mozambique supports natural resource management activities to combat erosion and desertification. FUNAB works to mobilize resources to fund numerous projects related to clean technology, environmental management and in response to environmental disasters. Working in partnership with the Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Action and other local organizations, FUNAB also promotes environmental education activities.

Groupe Action pour l’Enfance au Sahel (GAE SAHEL) [Group Action for Save the Children in the Sahel] in Mali works to promote the welfare of women and children through the establishment of self-managed solidarity partnerships and groups. It is particularly active in a range of environmental and biodiversity conservation issues, including sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, climate change and energy, environmental education, food security and the establishment and support of income-generating, environmentally friendly activities.
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Instituto de Derecho Ambiental A.C. (IDEA A.C.) [Environmental Law Institute] in Mexico is a civil society organization that seeks to protect and promote a healthy natural environment, working for sustainable development through the use of scientific and legal tools, as well as the protection and promotion of environmental rights, in order to change and improve the culture of the use of natural resources through law, education and community work.

Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras José Benito Vives De Andreis (INVEMAR) [Marine And Coastal Research Institute] in Colombia undertakes research on environmental and renewable natural resources in coastal areas and marine and ocean ecosystems, with special emphasis on systems of high diversity and productivity, such as coastal lagoons, mangroves, seagrass meadows, rock and coral reefs and sedimentary seafloors.INVEMAR provides scientific and technical support to the National Environment System (SINA).

Jordan Society for Sustainable Development (JSSD) in Jordan works at all levels to promote, support and implement sustainable development policies and practices to preserve Jordan's natural and cultural resources. JJSD undertakes research, leads public awareness campaigns to educate school children, communities and businesses on the principles and benefits of sustainable development and works with a range of organizations and communities to share information, resources and benefits.
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Korea Forest Service (KFS) is the government agency responsible for the management of the forest resources in the Republic of Korea. Their work includes the management of existing forests, rehabilitation and restoration of degraded forest, protection of forest resources against both natural and human induced disasters, the provision of recreational facilities in forest areas, the conservation of the forest ecosystem and increase in its biodiversity. KFS tackles climate change through the expansion of carbon sinks, and establishment of governmental policies which protect, manage, and facilitate the sustainable use of forest resources.

Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) in Malawi supports conservation activities to protect the endemic biodiversity of Mt Mulanje, situated at the southern end of the eastern afromontane biodiversity hotspot. MMCT leads research and public awareness initiatives. Furthermore, it recognises the social challenge presented by the resource demands of impoverished nearby villages and the need to address community livelihood issues by enabling local access to a wide range of sustainable natural resource management opportunities such as irrigation cropping, fruit tree growing, fish-farming, ecotourism activities and beekeeping. These activities are complimented by the facilitation of legal forest co-management arrangements and the enhancement of local community policing.

Oceánidas, in Spain, promotes the study and preservation of the marine environment through the development and running of environmental education activities, for example diving programmes, for people with disabilities and groups at risk of social exclusion. Oceanidas believes that everyone has a right to access and understand information on biodiversity and environmental protection. Oceanidas works with the private and public sector to organize activities in Spain and abroad, which aim to improve the social, educational, economic and cultural progress of the most disadvantaged communities.

Oeuvre malienne pour le développement des zones arides (OMADEZA) [Organization for Dryland Development in Mali] in Mali works to combat desertification and natural resource degradation at the local, regional, national, sub-regional and international level. OMADEZA’s strategy is based on a participatory approach, to promote ownership of development initiatives by the concerned communities, in the fields of natural resource management, health and education.

Planning and Development Department of the Government of Balochistan in Pakistan formulates the development policies, strategies and sectoral priorities in the province. It supports small and medium scale projects and works to conserve nature through the capacity-building of local communities, NGOs and government institutions. The department has been involved in projects on water harvesting and the planting of mangroves, as well as studies on the impact of pollution in mangroves ecosystems and the use of natural resources.

Reptile Amfibieën Vissen Onderzoek Nederland (RAVON) [Reptile, Amphibian and Fish Conservation Netherlands] in the Netherlands works to protect Dutch reptiles, amphibians and fish (including the conservation, adequate management and restoration of their habitats) and to promote nature conservation and environmental management in general. Their conservation and research is supported by over 1500 volunteers who collect data, monitor information and carry out ecological field research across the Netherlands.

Shangri-La Institute for Sustainable Communities (SISC) in China started as an umbrella organization of the WWF Education Programme, supporting community-initiated conservation, learning, and cultural projects. Now registered as an independent Chinese non-governmental organization, it focuses on sustainable development through practice-based education with schools and local communities. It is currently running three major projects on water education, community education on sustainable development, and earthquake relief.

Shan Shui Conservation Center (Shan Shui) in China aims to conserve the country’s natural heritage by working with local communities to ensure that nature conservation brings them tangible benefits. It runs a range of projects on endangered species protection, protected areas management, environmental leadership enhancement and climate change mitigation. Shan Shui also provides ecological forums to discuss eco-equitable issues, bringing together representatives from government, communities, scientists, entrepreneurs, institutions and the public. Shan Shui means “mountains and rivers” in Chinese.

SOS Sahel International Burkina Faso (SOSSIBF) is an NGO based in Burkina Faso, affiliated to the federation SOS SAHEL INTERNATIONAL, which focuses its work on sustainable food security, sustainable natural resources management and environmental education and reforestation in the Sahel. SOSSIBF runs communication and training activities to raise the awareness of rural communities and to promote social development in the Sahel zone.

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in South Africa is a seabird rehabilitation centre which aims to conserve and protect Southern Africa’s vulnerable seabirds. All rehabilitated birds are released back into the wild as part of the breeding population. SANCCOB rehabilitates approximately 2,000 seabirds every year including the vulnerable African penguin, sea gulls, gannets and cormorants. It also undertakes coastal bird research programmes and runs innovative public awareness programmes for children on marine issues, reaching out to 10,000 school children per year.

Stiftelsen Nordens Ark [The Nordens Ark Foundation] in Sweden, is a facility for the breeding and fostering of endangered species. Nordens Ark houses endangered old Nordic rare breeds; endangered wild Nordic mammals; birds, insects and amphibians; endangered exotic wild mammals, birds and amphibians; and endangered tropical amphibians and reptiles. It works to support reintroduction whenever possible, and conducts research and education programmes in cooperation with Göteborgs University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science.

Youth Ecological Movement "BIOM" in Kyrgyzstan works to bring together young scientists and leaders to address environmental problems in the Kyrgyz Republic and Central-Asian region. BIOM works to develop and implement projects to prevent the degradation of natural ecosystems, encourage their conservation and sustainable use, and to introduce the principles of the ecosystem approach in Kyrgyzstan. It is involved in issues related to the Convention on Biological and also has a strong interest in forests, co-organizing an international conference in 2009 on forest biodiversity, traditional forest related knowledge and sustainable forest management in Eastern Europe, Northern and Central Asia.In addition, BIOM contributes to the gathering, processing and editing of data on the various animals and plants featured in the “Red Book” of Kyrgyzstan. 


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