The governance structure of the SSC must be re-constituted every four years, as per the IUCN Statutes.
SSC is governed by a Steering Committee, which is headed by the Commission Chair. The Steering Committee represents a balance of regional and thematic perspectives, and provides overall direction to the work of the Commission.
The SSC Chair, in consultation with the Steering Committee, can establish various SSC Sub-Committees and Task Forces. The Chairs of these Sub-Committees or Task Forces are often members of the SSC Steering Committee.
The SSC Chair, in consultation with the Steering Committee, must appoint Chairs for the various SSC Specialist Groups at the beginning of each Quadrennium. Specialist Group Chairs are then mandated by the SSC Chair to appoint group members.
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