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As the home of the U.S. Government as well as important international institutions such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and the Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C. represents a critical focus of IUCN’s efforts to influence global policy on conservation and sustainable development.

The IUCN Washington D.C. Office works with IUCN Members in the United States, global institutions, and the U.S. donor community to further conservation worldwide. It also supports IUCN’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York.

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Recent News


A burned forest can be a healthy one. A stand of ponderosa pine still smolders from a recent prescribed fire in central Oregon. The US Forest Service sets fires now to mimic natural conditions.

Forest landscape restoration is more than planting trees - three case studies from the United States

Three short stories of landscape restoration in the western United States show that restoration can mean a lot more than just planting trees. Sometimes it means cutting trees, setting fires, and unleashing destructive rodents. Perhaps we'd better explain. …  

24 Jun 2015 | Article

UN Member States formally adopt a resolution for the introduction of legal measures to protect the high seas

A major step towards a legally-binding deal for the high seas

Another significant step towards improved protection and management of the high seas was achieved today as UN Member States formally adopted a resolution for the development of legal measures to conserve marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Jun 2015 | News story

Shailyn Drukis

Meet an inspiring new generation of conservationists!

Young people all over the world are active for conserving nature, in and around protected areas. Many of them played an active role in the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. Here, we portray some of them, acknowledging their leadership and inspiring work. …  

09 Jun 2015 | Article

Alex Macdonald

Young Canadians are leading the way for the future of nature and protected areas

Canadian young people are helping to transform the way the global community relates to nature. Hundreds of young people participated, along with more than 6000 individuals from over 170 countries, in the November 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney Australia. Among them were 16 Young Canadians who played an active and leading role in the Congress as Global Youth Ambassadors. …  

05 Jun 2015 | Article

Fiddler crab

All species great and small must be preserved

The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or attractiveness. The default setting for our relationship to all species on Earth should be “Conservation”, not trying to develop arguments for why a species should be saved through its current perceived usefulness to humans. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

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