International scientific organization

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN is the largest and historic worldwide network for the preservation of nature. The Union brings together, in a unique worldwide partnership, over 1,200 member organizations that include more than 200 government agencies and 900 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), more than 11,000 volunteer experts from 160 nations grouped in six Committees. The Union's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to preserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that the use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The World Conservation Union is a multicultural organization, multilingual with over 1,000 employees and 45 offices. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland. It was founded in October 1948 as the International Union for the Protection of Nature (IUPN) following an international conference in Fontainebleau, France. The organization changed its name to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1956. Starting from 1990, the name "World Conservation Union" has begun to be associated to IUCNR, but, since 2008, this name is no longer used.


IUCN Headquarters
Rue Mauverney, 28 - 1196 Gland - Switzerland
Web site:


dott.ssa Loretta GRATANI

Università degli Studi "La Sapienza"
Dipartimento di Biologia Ambientale
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 - 00185 Roma
Phone number: 06 4991 2358/2449

Substitute delegate


Istituto di Ricerca sugli Ecosistemi Terrestri (IRET)
Via Guglielmo Marconi, 2 - 05010 Porano (TR)
Phone number: 0763 374917

Reports IUCN

Last update: 17/09/2019