About IUCN Cambodia Office

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,000 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.


IUCN helps the world find solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. We support scientific research, we manage field projects all over the world and we bring governments, NGOs, the UN, international conventions and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.


Cambodia was a state member of IUCN from 1958 to 1990. After a brief period of inactivity in Cambodia, in 1992 IUCN re-opened Liaison Office through UNESCO, then establishing its own Project Office in Phnom Penh until the present. Cambodia has not re-joined as state member of IUCN yet.


IUCN Cambodia is part of the Lower Mekong Region Country Program under the umbrella of the global IUCN. Occasional technical support to the country programme is provided through regional and international experts based in various IUCN Offices, e.g. at the Asia Regional Office in Bangkok and at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland


IUCN Cambodia focuses on three core program themes:

  • 1. Protected Areas
  • 2. Governance
  • 3. Sustainable Financing.


The core program will help to strengthen IUCN Cambodia’s stance in Cambodia by working to develop stronger partnerships with the government and stakeholders which allow the conservation and protection of Cambodia’s environment. To ensure that the ecosystems and natural resources of Cambodia are effectively conserved and sustainably utilized in an equitable manner that contributes to the socioeconomic development of the country.