Become an IUCN Commission member

Do you have special expertise in an area of conservation or sustainable development? Do you want to learn from and collaborate with other experts in your field or related fields? Do you want to put your talents to work creating a just world that values and conserves nature? If so, consider joining an IUCN Commission.

Benefits of becoming a Commission member include:

  1. Network and Global Collaborations

Join a global network of conservationists, climate, and environmental champions to collaborate towards progressive action.

  1. Expertise Sharing

Gain new insights and share your expertise with a passionate network of environmentalists across fields. Learning from and contributing to the development of new ideas, expertise and good practices in the Commissions. In particular, you will derive the most benefit if you contribute actively through Specialist Groups, Task Forces or any established Working Groups.

  1. Discount on IUCN Events

Commission members enjoy discounted registration for major IUCN Events such as the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC), the World Parks Congress, and other IUCN meetings.


  1. Visibility and Access

Present your work on a larger scale with easy access to IUCN’s knowledge products and ability to catalyze collective action.

  1. Platform to Influence Policy

Through publications, briefs and other knowledge products, IUCN Commissions provide a platform where members can share their research, educate the public and influence policy.

  1. Discount on IUCN Academy Courses

Commission members enjoy a special discount of up to 33% of all non -profit rates at the IUCN Academy. Young professionals enjoy up to 50% discount.

Note: The Commissions expect their members to have professional expertise and to contribute voluntarily to the mission of IUCN and that of the Commissions.

To join a Commission of your choice,

Carefully follow the steps below.

  • To apply for membership directly to any IUCN Commission other than the Species Survival Commission, please visit the IUCN Commission Membership System
  • Create an account, fill in your profile, complete an online membership application, then submit your application.
  • Membership of the Species Survival Commission is strictly by invitation.

Your application will be reviewed and a response will be sent to you.

After joining a Commission, should you wish to join a Specialist Group, please contact the relevant Specialist Group leader. Group contacts are displayed on the group webpage.

If you have any queries or require further support, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Commission Support Unit.

Documents to guide you through the process: