• Celebrate 50 years of the IUCN Red List !

  • Tanami Indigenous Protected Area (c) Peter Taylor

  • Traditonal gathering place of Ngemba and Paakandji peoples Goondabooka National Park (c) Penelope Figgis

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (c) Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA)

  • The Wunambal Gaambera people of the northern Kimberley have declared stage one of the Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area over 343,515 hectares of one of the most remote and spectacular coastlines in the world. © Commonwealth of Australia (DSEWPaC)

  • Snorkeling with Galapagos sharks (Carcharhinus galapagensis), Lord Howe Island, New South Wales © K Zischka



ACIUCN Welcomes new Executive Committee Members

NEWS | 29 Jun 2015

The Australian Committee warmly welcomes two new government representatives from the ACIUCN government membership to sit on its Executive Committee: Sean Sullivan from the Department of the Environment and Wade Oestreich from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage

Find out more about the new members


New Events by IUCN members and ACIUCN Associates

NEWS | 04 Feb 2015

Are you interested in events hosted by Australian IUCN members and ACIUCN associates? ACIUCN is now hosting a new page of events:

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ACIUCN Director, Penelope Figgis, awarded honorary life membership

NEWS | 10 Nov 2014

Today, outgoing ACIUCN Director, Penelope Figgis, was awarded an honorary life membership for ACIUCN by Chair, Paul Sinclair (Director of Environmental Campaigns, ACF), for her substantial contributions to the organisation and its many successes in her time as Director over the last three years.


New Director sought for ACIUCN

NEWS | 15 Aug 2014

At the last meeting in June of the ACIUCN Executive Committee the Director Penelope Figgis confirmed her intention to step down from the position at the end of the year. Penelope has led ACIUCN’s work for the last three and a half years during a period of major revitalisation. After December she will continue to be involved in IUCN matters as the Oceania Vice Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and an Executive Member of the WCPA International Steering Committee. As a result the ACIUCN Executive has commenced the recruitment process for a Director to commence in 2015.


Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services Symposium – raising the understanding of nature’s benefits

Symposium | 21-22 July 2014

The latest of ACIUCN‘s Science informing Policy symposiums was held in Brisbane on 21-22 July. It was held in partnership with Griffith University (Climate Change Response Program), Parks Victoria, The Nature Conservancy, the Australian Conservation Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts.

The symposium attracted over 100 attendees from government, academia and the NGO community. The central focus was ecosystems and the special role of protected areas in holding the values of intact nature. Ecosystems, and the wealth of life they support, are declining at an unprecedented rate – often through a lack of understanding that they constitute the true wealth of the planet, the true natural capital of any nation.

Read more about our symposium, planned publication and download some of the presentations.


Forums on the Great Barrier Reef Draft Strategic Assessment

NGO Forums | 28 Nov & 6 Dec 2013

Two roundtable meetings were held in Sydney and Brisbane for participants to obtain a thorough briefing on the GBR Draft Strategic Assessment from senior officials of the governments involved - an information exchange and opportunity to drill down into aspects of the assessments to assist in making submissions as well informed and useful as possible.

Find out more


Developments in Global Oceans Governance

Expert seminar | 07 Nov 2013

This seminar, sponsored by the Australian Committee for IUCN, the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney and Humane Society International, provided the platform to lift the crucial debate of Global Oceans Governance to a higher level in Australia.

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Marine Key Directions Statement launched

News | 03 Oct 2013

The ACIUCN launches the Marine Key Directions Statement, a publication developed in consultation with 100 multi-disciplinary marine experts from universities, research institutions, government agencies and non-government organisations. The Statement provides a succinct overview of the key steps these marine experts believe are required to address current and emerging challenges in the future of Australia's marine environment.

Download the Statement


ACIUCN launches World Heritage publication

News | 25 July 2013

The ACIUCN launched its publication on the future of World Heritage management in Australia, the output from the third ACIUCN Science Informing Policy Symposium Series events, held in August 2012.

Download the publication


Marine experts discuss the future of Australia's marine environment

News | 12-13 June 2013

On 12-13 June 2013, the Australian Committee for IUCN, in collaboration with partners Parks Victoria and the Nature Conservancy, hosted a symposium bringing together government, non-government, and private sector organisations to discuss key issues on the future of Australia's marine environment.

Read about the symposium


Innovation is the Future of Conservation!

News | 26 May 2013

A new publication – Innovation for 21st Century Conservation - illustrates a richness of examples of innovation to achieve ecosystem and species conservation –- new partnerships and models for establishment of protected areas, and for the management, financing and governance of both protected areas and initiatives on other tenures.

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Welcome by ACIUCN Director, Penelope Figgis AO

News | 17 May 2013

The Australian Committee for IUCN is proud to announce the new ACIUCN website. Director, Penelope Figgis AO, invites Australian organisations to participate in the Committee's work within the global network of government, non-government, and expert discussions.

Read the Director's Welcome