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Nature is fundamental to our well-being. It provides us with food, clean air and water, energy, shelter, medicine, recreation and inspiration. As long as we keep nature healthy, we can enjoy its benefits. And share these benefits fairly: with the poor and vulnerable, with other species, and with future generations. That’s our vision: a just world that values and conserves nature.

IUCN NL is the Dutch national committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. IUCN harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 member organisations, composed of both government and civil society organisations, and the input of more than 15,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. IUCN is headquartered in Gland, Switzerland. Visit to learn more about IUCN’s work.

In the Netherlands, IUCN NL forms the platform of the 38 Dutch IUCN member organisations, including large and small nature and environmental organisations, the Dutch Government and knowledge institutions.

IUCN NL collaborates with and supports local organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, together with IUCN member organisations and other parts of IUCN, to safeguard important nature and biodiversity in these regions. Together we develop international collaborative programmes and acquire funds from different donors.


Our vision is a just world that values and conserves nature. We strive to safeguard nature as the basis for all life.


Our mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.


IUCN NL is a self-supporting, project funded not-for-profit organization, whose work is supported by various institutional donors. Thanks to the financial assistance that we receive from these organizations we can be committed to protecting ecosystems and biodiversity throughout the world on a daily basis..

Dutch Postcode Lottery

Logo Nationale Postcode LoterijIUCN NL has been beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery since 2001 and as such IUCN NL receives an annual contribution to its mission. Fifty percent of this annual contribution is used for supporting land acquisition for nature conservation in Africa, Asia and Latin America through the Small Grants for the Purchase of Nature Programme.


Dutch government

Logo RijksoverheidIUCN NL has entered into one Strategic Partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the period 2020-2024. Additionally, we receive short term financing for programs from the Ministry and Embassies. We collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Safety on a strong Dutch participation in the Convention on Biological Diversity and initiatives to green the Dutch economy.

European Union

EU logo IUCN NL receives multiple grants from the European Union for multi-annual programmes in support of nature conservation in Africa.




Policy & organization

IUCN NL is an independently governed organisation (foundation according to Dutch law) within the IUCN Union. From 2020 onwards IUCN NL is governed according to the two-tier model comprised of a professional Board of Directors (Director) and a Supervisory Board. Members of the Supervisory Board are appointed in personal capacity and on a voluntary basis. The IUCN Member Organisations in the Netherlands appoint the members of the Supervisory Board and approve the multi-annual strategy. The Strategy 2020-2024 forms the basis for our activities.

IUCN NL commits strongly to good governance. That's why we follow the transparency guidelines of CBF and committed to Partos' code of conduct. We also publish our data according to the IATI standard. 


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