IUCN Members within a country or region may choose to organize themselves into National and Regional Committees to facilitate cooperation among Members, and with other parts of the Union, and to support the participation of Members in the Programme and governance of IUCN.
IUCN’s National and Regional Committees can be very different in nature. Some of the Member Committees work to jointly implement projects, whereas others are predominantly vehicles for exchange and networking. The Committees range in size and some even have established secretariats.
Regional Members’ Meetings, such as the Regional Conservation Forums, are usually organized jointly by the Regional Committees and the Secretariat. These offer Members the opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of the quadrennial IUCN Programme and policy, as well as to prepare them for the World Conservation Congress, the highest organ of IUCN.