12 maart 2012
Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) joined IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in November 2011. Founded in 1948, IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, brings together States, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership: over 1000 Members in all, spread across some 160 countries.
Mission and strategy
IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
The largest global environmental organization
As a Union, IUCN seeks to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to 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 almost 11,000 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 to 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.
In the national committee (IUCN NL) 37 non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions and the state work together.