The International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] Law and Legal Definition

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organization providing protection to the natural resources. The IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. The following are the objectives of the IUCN:

1. Encouraging and assisting societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature; and

2.Ensuring that use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

The IUCN works with various governments to ensure that economic, trade and investment policies are formulated to tackle biodiversity considerations effectively. It also works with companies, industry associations and consumer groups to combat environmental concerns. The IUCN recognizes and provides protection to natural and cultural properties that are considered to be irreplaceable treasures of outstanding value. [United States v. Hicks, 587 F. Supp. 1162, 1183 (W.D. Wash. 1984)].