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Reminder to All IUCN members, Regional and National Committees:

As an IUCN member organization, you are entitled to a 33% discount on IUCN publications. Help us improve them!
The IUCN membership survey conducted in 2007 clearly showed that one of IUCN’s most important services is to provide credible and useful publications. We would like to obtain your feedback on our publishing activities.
Following your approval of the new IUCN Programme 2009–2012 at the Barcelona Congress, this is your opportunity to make our publications even more valuable and relevant to your work.
Completing the survey will take you less than 3 minutes. Click here to complete the survey. 
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Who Can Become a Member?

IUCN membership is open to organizations (not individuals) particularly States, Government agencies, Political / Economic integration organizations, National and international non-governmental organizations. An organization applying for membership to the Union must have as one of its central purposes, the achievement of the IUCN's mission and must show a substantial record of activity in the conservation of nature and natural resources.


Individuals can become members of the six IUCN Commissions, namely:

  • The Species Survival Commission (SSC)
  • World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
  • Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)
  • Commission on Ecosystems Management (CEM)
  • Commission on Education and Communication (CEC)
  • Environment, Economics and Social Policy (CEESP)

How to Become a USA Member

The IUCN Member Application Form and Membership Information Pack describing the benefits of becoming an IUCN member and further information on the various IUCN membership categories and dues is available from the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office. Please request this information by contacting:
Ms. Debbie Good
Membership Focal Point IUCN Washington, D.C.
Direct Tel: (202) 518 - 2047  Fax: (202) 387-4823
E-mail: Deborah.Good@iucn.org 

Application and Admission Process

The IUCN Council decides upon the admission of members to the Union. The admission of a member is governed by IUCN Statutes and takes between six and twelve months to complete. Prospective members are considered after going through the APPLICATION PROCESS described under Regulations 7 to 11 of the Statutes and admitted upon fulfillment of the requirements of the ADMISSION PROCESS as described under Regulations 12 to 20 of the Statutes. Important documents to guide your membership application are the Membership Brochure, the IUCN Statutes and Regulations, Membership Dues Guide and the Membership Application Form.

Procedure for Government Agencies, NGOs and Affiliates

Government agencies and political / economic groups wishing to join the IUCN are invited to submit an application for admission to the Director General supported by a statement by the duly authorized head of the agency or organization, endorsing the objectives of the IUCN.
Non-governmental organisations seeking admission to the IUCN must have been in existence for at least three years, and should be able to document their activities in the conservation of nature and natural resources over the same period. 

Procedure for State Membership Application

States become members of the IUCN by notifying the Director General of their adhesion to the IUCN Statutes. The notification of adhesion to the IUCN Statutes by a State shall be made by, or on behalf of, the Head of State, the Head of Government or the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Upon becoming a member, a State shall designate one Ministry as its liaison with the IUCN Secretariat.