World Conservation Union (IUCN)
Principal Office: International
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is among the world’s largest conservation networks. Membership includes more than 1,000 organizations representing government agencies, political and economic organizations, and national and international NGOs.
IUCN is internationally known for maintaining the Red List of Threatened Species; for hosting the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; for its joint role with WWF on monitoring international plant and wildlife trade (TRAFFIC); and for organizing and convening the World Conservation Congress.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
IUCN does not have a grant-making mandate. However, grants are made through some of IUCN’s country and regional offices, and via IUCN’s participation in international programs and projects. Examples are indicated below, although they are not a complete itemization.
1 — IUCN-Netherlands. The Netherlands Committee of IUCN manages the Land Acquisition Fund to finance the purchase or lease of threatened natural areas. Grants of up to €85 thousand are made to local conservation NGOs in eligible developing countries.
2 — IUCN Regional Office for Central Africa. IUCN collaborates with USAID in the Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) to make small grants to nonprofit conservation organizations registered in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Dem Rep Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tomé & Principe. Grants are a maximum of US$30 thousand.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
IUCN’s website is available in English, French, and Spanish.
The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, hosted at IUCN-Switzerland, makes small grants to fund projects for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
IUCN works through a highly decentralized structure. This affects how and where to look for information about grants. Each of IUCN’s six commissions has a website. Additionally, IUCN has many regional and country programs which also have websites.
The World Conservation Congress, organized through IUCN and convened every four years, is among the planet’s largest conservation events.
IUCN provides contact information for its headquarters in Switzerland, and for its regional and country offices around the world.
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