Member Type Global Intergovernmental Organization or Multilateral Environmental Agreement

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)



Minna Epps
Director, Global Marine & Polar Programme (GMPP)

Background Information

Founded in 1948, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) brings together States, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership: over 1000 members in all, spread across some 160 countries.

IUCN builds on the strengths of its members, networks and partners to enhance their capacity and to support global alliances to safeguard natural resources at local, regional and global levels.

The IUCN Global Marine Programme provides vital linkages for the Union and its members to all the IUCN activities that deal with marine issues, including projects and initiatives of the Regional offices and the 6 IUCN Commissions. The IUCN Global Marine Programme works on issues such as integrated coastal and marine management, fisheries, marine protected areas, large marine ecosystems, coral reefs, marine invasive species and protection of high and deep seas.

More Information

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas – Marine (WCPA – Marine) is the world’s premier network of MPA expertise, with a mission to ‘promote the establishment of a global, representative system of effectively managed and lasting networks of MPAs’.

WCPA-Marine works in partnership with IUCN’s Global Marine Programme and Global Programme on Protected Areas to

  • Convene, coordinate and network in order to help governments and others to plan, develop and implement MPAs, MPA networks, and the global system, and integrate them with all other sea and coastal uses and maritime sectors;
  • Ensure better application of the best science, technical and policy advice on MPAs, MPA networks, and the global system;
  • Generate, synthesize and disseminate knowledge on MPAs, often in the form of best practice advice, to a diverse range of players

Last Updated: 19 May 2020