North America

IUCN in North America unlocks the power of the larger union, supplying knowledge, tools, and best practices to help inform and influence conservation efforts in the United States and Canada. Threats to the region include biodiversity loss, droughts and flooding, forest fires, growing populations, among many others, some of which are being made worse due to a changing climate. We represent a large portion of the overall IUCN membership, with over 150 members of the Union including government agencies, non-profits, as well over 3,000 IUCN Commission members based in North America working together to help tackle these problems.


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Cherry blossoms near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

Our work

IUCN North America works with the United States and Canadian governments and members to help align conservation policies, provide platforms among other means of sharing lessons learned/best practices within the region and globally, and mobilize conservation resources to benefit conservation efforts in region and globally. 

Our work is heavily guided by the priorities of our members, which are defined and updated by motions they have endorsed that have become actionable once adopted as resolutions at each World Conservation Congress. We seek opportunities to add value to their efforts, versus duplicating them.  

We pursue specific initiatives and projects within the region that help leverage our quite unique convening power, utilize our tools, and build upon on-going member and partner work. We also have over 30 staff outposted in our office from each of the four thematic Centers. Examples of work underway regionally include increasing the uptake of nature-based solutions including green infrastructure, helping to make sure that both the who and the what counts related to 30x30 and Half Earth protection takes place, innovate conservation financing, youth and indigenous people initiatives, and green listing marine protected areas. 

The North America Office has built strong relationships with U.S. funders – including government agencies, charitable foundations, and philanthropists – to support the work of IUCN and its partners and Members worldwide.

Cherry blossoms near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Reshma Mallwcha, Unsplash.


IUCN-United States

IUCN-United States is a partner organization to IUCN, incorporated in 1986 in the District of Columbia with a 501(c)(3) charitable status under U.S. law and is legally distinct from IUCN. IUCN-US provides financial support to both IUCN and other partner organization with similar missions in addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges. It has been supporting IUCN, and its network of members and partners for over 25 years. By partnering with IUCN-US, IUCN is better able to channel U.S. funding opportunities to the Union.