agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership, with some 914 members in all, spread across 140 countries. As a Union, IUCN exists to serve its members- to represent their views on the world stage and to provide them with the concepts, strategies and technical support they need to achieve their goals. Through its six Commissions, IUCN draws together over 5000 expert volunteers in project teams and action groups. A central Secretariat coordinates the IUCN Program and leads initiatives on the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s biological diversity and the management of habitats and natural resources, as well as providing a range of services. The Union has helped many countries prepare National Conservation Strategies, and demonstrates the application of its knowledge through the field projects its supervises. Operations are increasingly decentralized and are carried forward by an expanding network of regional and country offices, located principally in developing countries. IUCN- The World Conservation Union seeks above all to work with its members to achieve development that is sustainable and that provides a lasting improvement in the quality of life for people all over the world
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