The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO Members and almost 15,000 volunteer experts in 160 countries. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature based solutions to global challenges. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice in relation to nature conservation.
The IUCN European Regional Office, located in Brussels, supports AQUACROSS by tapping into its vast network of expertise across the world, primarily in relation to ecosystem-based management in marine ecosystems. IUCN ensures that AQUACROSS results, which contribute to the achievement of the main goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the EU Biodiversity Strategy, are communicated within international fora and shared among IUCN networks of members and partners. IUCN is involved with Stakeholder Engagement and Communication activities in WP1, and Policy Orientation activities in WP2, and brings its expertise on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources to the conceptual design of the Assessment Framework in WP3. IUCN also supports WP4 - Drivers of Change and Pressures on Aquatic Ecosystems, and provides input for WP5 - Causalities between Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functions and Services and WP 8 - Ecosystem-based Management - Towards Policy Objectives.