What is IUCN? IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.
The Caucasus is a region where relatively diverse and healthy ecosystems have persisted until recently, but are now facing multiple threats from unsustainable exploitation, which will be further aggravated by climate change. With its approximately 1,200 endemic plant species and more than 50 endemic animal species, the Caucasus has been listed as one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots.
Lake Tabatskuri in Georgia. Photo: IUCN