What is IUCN?

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects worldwide, and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN is a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and some 10,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.

IUCN's work is supported by 1,100 professional staff in 62 offices and hundreds of partners in the public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN's headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.

IUCN at a glance

•  A unique membership association 
•  Founded in 1948 as the world's first global environmental organization 
•  Today the largest professional global conservation network  
•  A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development 
•  More than 1,000 member organizations in 140 countries including 200+ government and 800+ non-government organizations 
•  More than 10,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions 
•  More than 1,100 professional staff in 62 offices worldwide 
•  A neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to conservation and development challenges 
•  Thousands of field projects and activities around the world 
•  Governance by a Council elected by member organizations every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 
•  Funded by governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, member organizations and corporations 
•  Official observer status at the United Nations General Assembly

IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe

The Programme Office for South Eastern Europe (IUCN-SEE) was established in June 2004 in the premises of the Serbian Institute for Nature Conservation, an IUCN member organisation. It serves the IUCN constituency in the region between the EU to the west, CIS to the northeast and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Based on the European Programme Goal to save biodiversity, IUCN-SEE applies the “Conservation Without Frontiers - Strategy” based on trans-boundary cooperation and integrated biodiversity conservation. Organic agriculture, sustainable forestry management and eco-tourism are some of the project foci at IUCN-SEE. Binding natural elements such as rivers and mountain ridges are utilised to bring communities together and to overcome political barriers after the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. In the frame of CD2010, the European Greenbelt, an ecological backbone along the former Iron Curtain throughout Europe is another important tool of IUCN for integrating local stakeholders into nature conservation, and is managed by IUCN-SEE. Based on joint project development and implementation, IUCN-SEE cooperates with local authorities and civil societies as well as with international organisations such as FAO, REC, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, WWF and others.

Boris Erg, Project Coordinator
Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe
Dr Ivana Ribara 91, 11070 Belgrade
Tel: + 381 11 22 72 411
Fax: + 381 11 22 72 531
Mob: + 381 63 358 442
E-mail: boris.erg@iucn.org