International Union for Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature – founded in 1948 – is the world’s first and largest global environmental organization. Today the Union comprises some 1200 member organizations including over 200 member governments and over 900 non-governmental organizations.

The ICUN's mission is simply put "conserving biodiversity" –

By addressing issues of climate change, sustainable energy, improving human well-being and building green economies, the ICUN demonstrates how biodiversity is fundamental to human existence;

Through the application of science, invoking local action in conservation projects, and influencing the environmental policies of governments around the world;

And By the collective partnerships between government, NGOs, corporations, business, and regional and local member organizations.

Barbados supports the goals of the ICUN through the membership of Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) located at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.