Other IUCN libraries

IUCN Office Libraries


IUCN offices around the world often have their own libraries. Some of these libraries are available online:

The ELC-libraries collection, based in the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, hosts one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of environmental law and literature. It covers the entire spectrum of issues related to environmental conservation: from soil pollution to genetic resources, from water quality to waste management. IUCN, through the Environmental Law Centre, has pioneered the digitalization of its huge information resources since the late sixties.


Information Resources


ECOLEX : a gateway to environmental law
ECOLEX is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. Its purpose is to build capacity worldwide by providing the most comprehensive as possible global source of information on environmental law.

This unique resource, which combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO, IUCN and UNEP, seeks to put this information at the disposal of users worldwide, in an easily accessible service, employing modern technology.

The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided.


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those taxa that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). The IUCN Red List also includes information on taxa that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e. are Data Deficient); and on taxa that are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e. are Near Threatened).

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Database Search 

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The Protected Areas Database

The Protected Areas Database
The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) provides the most comprehensive dataset on protected areas worldwide and is managed by UNEP-WCMC in partnership with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the World Database on Protected Areas Consortium. The WDPA is a fully relational database containing information on the status, environment and management of individual protected areas.

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MPA Global

MPA Global: a database of the world’s Marine Protected Areas
This website publishes the world's first explicitly marine-focused database of the world's protected areas that have some intertidal and/or subtidal component. It is currently based largely on information in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) Version 6.1. The aims of this database are to:

  • provide information that has not, to date, been readily available;
  • attract feedback to further improve the quality and breadth of information available.

Protect Planet Ocean

Protect Planet Ocean: explore Marine Protected Areas

In this website, explore the world's Marine Protected Areas directly in Google Earth, learn about ocean issues and how you can help and/or work in conservation, as well as upload movies and photos from inside Marine Protected Areas to our global Google Earth Marine Protected Areas layer.

Learn more about Protect Planet Ocean