Created in 1948, IUCN is the largest professional global conservation network. It is the leading authority on the environment and sustainable development. It has more than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations. It has 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions in some 160 countries. Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
WWF is in the business of saving our one and only planet. For the last 50 years, its mission has been to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. The organization has currently more than 1300 conservation projects underway around the world.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, in order to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. It comprises 28 independent national/regional offices in over 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, as well as a co-ordinating body, Greenpeace International.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading agency for environmental issues within the UN family. UNEP aims to influence the international environmental agenda by reviewing global environmental trends and emerging issues. It helps States cooperate to achieve agreed environmental priorities.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy is taking on the tough issues facing conservation today — from climate change to coral reefs, to energy development in a growing world. With projects in 30 countries and 50 states, the organization has succeeded to protect more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers.
Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC)
The organization only shares name and mission with Nature Conservancy but they are two different entities. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. NCC and our partners have helped to conserve more than 2.6 million acres (1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land in Canada from coast to coast.
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The GEF unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment.
The organization works primary in Canada and in the United States. It catalyzes leadership among industry, governments and communities to protect endangered forests, wild places, wildlife, and the wellbeing of humans. ForestEthics not only exposes poor environmental business practices; it offers solutions to rise above them.
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
The Center for International Forestry Research conducts research that enables more informed and equitable decision making for the use and management of forests in less-developed countries. Their research and expert analysis help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods.
Conservation International (CI)
CI is working at every level – from remote villages to the offices of presidents and premiers – to help move whole societies toward a smarter development path. CI partners with governments, nonprofit organizations, universities, businesses, and local communities in their priority regions to strengthen their conservation efforts. The organization has offices in more than 30 countries, more than 1,000 partner organizations, and thousands of projects worldwide.
David Suzuki Foundation
The David Suzuki Foundation is an environmental organization based in Vancouver, Canada. Their vision is that within a generation, we act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC facilitates the development of standards, ensures monitoring of certified operations and protects the FSC trademark so consumers can choose products that come from well-managed forests.
Friends of the Earth (FOE)
The organization unites 76 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. It challenges the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promotes solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.
National Parks Conservation Association
The American organization has for ist Mission: To protect and enhance America’s National Parks for present and future generations. It is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
NRDC’s mission is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. The group has a staff of more than 300 lawyers, scientists and policy experts. They work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.
The nonprofit advocacy group based in the United States educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, their work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. The organization believes that the best way to keep forests standing, is by ensuring that it is profitable for businesses and communities to do so. It has certification programs for businesses and consumer goods.
The organization was founded in San Francisco, California, by John Muir. The Sierra Club’s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
The Forest Trust (TFT)
Based in the UK as a registered charity, the organization focuses on making the trade of timber from sustainable forest management standard practice. TFT works with partners at all stages of the supply chain – from forest producers, to mills and factories, to retailers who sell tropical wood products (like garden furniture) at their stores. TFT has offices in the UK, France, Switzerland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, United States, Brazil, Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Gabon.
World Resources Institute (WRI)
The organization works with governments, companies, and civil society to build solutions to urgent environmental challenges. WRI has over 50 active projects working on aspects of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance.
It is the only global not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. Wetlands are one of the world’s most important environmental assets, containing a disproportionately high number of plant and animal species compared to other areas of the world. The organization has eighteen offices around the world
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
The organization is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. WMO plays a leading role in international efforts to monitor and protect the environment through its Programs.
Earth Day Network (EDN)
Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement.
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Founded in 1967, the American NGO is a group of dedicated scientists, economists, attorneys and other professionals who believe economic prosperity and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. It has 700,000 members. Some of their iconic victories include cutting acid rain with the power of economics, improving McDonald’s packaging and creating 84 million acres of marine wilderness in Hawaii.