The Australian Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded over forty years ago to provide a focus for local member organisations to advance the network’s global mission and programme in Australia.
In Australia, the IUCN constituency comprises a rich network of over 40 IUCN government and non-government Member and Associate organisations and hundreds of IUCN Commission experts.
The Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN) facilitates collaboration amongst its members and serves as a vital link with the regional and global IUCN network.
Australia forms part of the IUCN Oceania Region, which includes New Zealand and 22 countries and territories of the Pacific Islands (see map).
Oceania is one of the largest IUCN regions, spanning over 100 million square kilometres and encompassing a diverse wealth of ecosystems, ranging from coral reefs to kelp forests, mangroves
to montane forests, and wetlands to deserts.
IUCN’s Regional Office and Secretariat are based in Fiji. Work in the region is governed by the IUCN Oceania Regional Plan which is closely aligned to the IUCN global Programme.