IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.
IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with almost 1,400 government and NGO Members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by almost 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.
IUCN Vision: A just world that values and conserves nature
IUCN Mission: 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.
Founded in 1948 in Fontainebleau (France)
A unique democratic Union with almost 1,400 State and NGO Member organisations in 185 countries
A neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges
Leading provider of the latest knowledge about biodiversity, with more than 15,000 experts and scientists
The only environmental organisation with official Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly
Policy influence at the highest level
Global reach with field activities on the ground
Advisor to UNESCO World Heritage
About IUCN Asia
IUCN's programme in Asia aims to mobilise communities working for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty reduction in common efforts to halt biodiversity loss and apply nature-based solutions to conserve biodiversity, enhance resilience, strengthen equity and reduce poverty.
The IUCN Asia Regional Office (ARO) based in Bangkok, Thailand, was established in 2002, building on projects and initiatives implemented in the region since the early 1980s.
Since 1999, the Asia programme has initiated and overseen both Regional and Country Programmes and projects in over 20 countries across Asia.
Today, IUCN’s Asia Regional Office is the heart of IUCN’s operations in South, East and Southeast Asia, overseeing 11 country offices (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam) from Bangkok, Thailand.
IUCN Asia also has programme presence in Myanmar and initiatives in other countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Japan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, and Timor-Leste.