Its unique structure and credibility allow IUCN to convene a range of stakeholders to address important conservation issues. The Union brings divergent views together, builds consensus and promotes joint actions and solutions.

Our primary role is to connect and engage in policy dialogues with European institutions, governments, civil society, NGOs, science and the business communities to improve conservation policy and action. Our work with local and regional authorities highlights the pioneering role of IUCN in attracting new audiences to biodiversity conservation in Europe.

IUCN advises national and EU policy makers on the importance of integrating nature in sectoral policies. Two important platforms in this respect are the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development and the European Habitats Forum. Biodiversity and climate change in Europe overseas is another area where IUCN uses its large network to bring together stakeholders and influence policies affecting the environment.