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M (wwwgoodreadscomprofilem) | 337 comments The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation.

It was founded in October 1948, as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (IUPN), at Fontainebleau, France. Its headquarters are located in the Lake Geneva area in Gland, Switzerland. The IUCN brings together 83 states, 108 government agencies, 766 Non-governmental organizations and 81 international organizations and about 10,000 experts and scientists from countries around the world.

The logo before World Conservation Union was dropped as an official name
IUCN's mission is 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.

The IUCN has now expanded into many of the nations around the world, making available the services of a large pool of mainly voluntary specialists, providing local level advice and conservation services, and expanding its networks of Committees and regional advisory bodies into increasing numbers of countries.

The Union has three components: its member organizations, its 6 scientific commissions, and its professional secretariat

The Union unites both States and non-governmental organizations. They set the policies of the Union, define its global programme of work and elect its Council (comparable to a company board) at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Member organizations organize themselves into National and Regional Committees.

There are six Commissions that assess the state of the world’s natural resources and provide the Union with sound know-how and policy advice on conservation issues.

- Commission on Ecosystem Management
- Commission on Education and Communication
- Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy
- Commission on Environmental Law
- World Commission on Protected Areas
- Species Survival Commission

" IUCN Species Survival Commission" (SSC) advises the Union on the technical aspects of species conservation and mobilizes action for those species that are threatened with extinction. It produces the " IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ". As of May 2008, SSC's members include over 7000 species and biodiversity specialists worldwide.

The " IUCN Red List of Threatened Species" presents the conservation status of species by risk of extinction.
Extinct - Extinct, Extinct in the Wild.
Threatened - Critically endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable
At lower risk - Conservation dependent, Near threatened, Least Concern.


message 2: by M (last edited Apr 17, 2010 09:34AM) (new)

M (wwwgoodreadscomprofilem) | 337 comments Scientists call for biodiversity barometer
08 April 2010

For the first time scientists have put a figure on how much it would cost to learn about the conservation status of millions of species, some of which have yet to be identified. The price tag is US$60 million, according to a team of scientists, including those from IUCN and Conservation International, who presented their case in this week’s Science magazine in an article called “The Barometer of Life.”

http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/the...

In this interesting report, I have noticed :

" We propose that, as scientists are better able to assess the conservation status of the species that compose an ecosystem, the more they will understand the health of that ecosystem. It is time to accelerate taxonomy and scientific natural history, two of the most vital but neglected disciplines of biology "

What do you think about the lack of scientific natural history and taxiconomy in Education? How to increase our knowledge in that neglected disciplines of Biology?


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