World Commission on Protected Areas | IUCN

Founding Year: 1948

Staff: 36

Budget: $127m

Kathy MacKinnon (Chair)

It is a global environmental union, it’s one of 6 such commissions that operate under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The WCPA “develops knowledge based policy, advice and guidance on the full suite of issues surrounding protected areas through the establishment of Specialist Groups and Task Forces”. Their aim is to “encourage international cooperation and provide scientific knowledge and tools to guide conservation action” by bringing together “global experts to find solutions for programme priorities, including global protected area standards and Best Practice Guidelines”.


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World Commission on Protected Areas | IUCN contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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