CC-IUCN is looking for youth volunteers to become 2020-2021 CC-IUCN Youth Ambassadors!

CC-IUCN is looking for youth volunteers (18-30 years old) to become 2020-2021 CC-IUCN Youth Ambassadors. The successful Youth Ambassadors will work with the committee to connect youth to nature and the CC-IUCN before, during and after the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) through online engagement, and connecting and working with other Canadian and international organizations and events. The CC-IUCN will provide up to $2000 in funding for each chosen Youth Ambassador to register and attend the WCC in Marseille, France June 11-19 2020 (and some additional support for other meetings).

Please note that this is a volunteer position and will require a commitment of approximately 10 hours a month for a two-year term (with an increased commitment level expected directly before, during and after the WCC).
The Youth Ambassador position is limited to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants.


Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on October 27th, 2019.

Please contact if you have any questions about the position or application process.

CCIUCN Summer Update

August 2019

Dear CCIUCN Members:

I’m delighted to write to you now, midway through our fiscal year, to provide an update of the activities of the CCIUCN and to highlight some upcoming events. 

As Board President, I will aim to provide these updates throughout the year to keep our membership informed about and engaged in CC IUCN projects.

We kicked off the year with our Annual General Meeting in January, where we swore in our board and began the development of our 3-year work plan. Thanks to the input of our members we have finalized the work plan and it is posted on the CCIUCN website for your information.  It is an ambitious plan that aims to advance our contribution towards the mission of the IUCN and conservation of nature in Canada. 

Interested in being involved?

CCIUCN is seeking members who like to actively participate on projects outlined in the work plan.  Presently, we are seeking members with an interest in communication, membership services and youth engagement but if you see something in the work plan that interests you, please reach out!  You can contact with your interest and we’ll be in touch.

We want your input

One of the key activities of the CCIUCN over the next few months is soliciting input from members on the draft IUCN Programme 2020-2024, titled ‘One Nature, One Future’. The finalized Programme – a 4 year work plan- will be presented for adoption at IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille France in 2020.  The Canadian Committee, like all country committees, is soliciting input from members on the draft Programme and in order to gather as much input as possible, we’ve established three ways you can provide input:

  1. Fill out a member’s survey seeking input on the Programme.  The members survey is open until August 26th and you can access it here.
  2. Join us at the in-person Regional forum on September 5th at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa.  Register and find the agenda here.  This year we’re also working to have video links so that members who can’t make it to Ottawa can still participate. 
  3. We hosted a webinar in early July where participants were able to learn about how the Programme of work drives the activities of the IUCN, review a summary of the current draft and discuss next steps in the Programme development process including how to provide input. If you missed the webinar, don’t worry! You can watch a recording of the session here. Special thanks to the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership for hosting the webinar.

2020 World Conservation Congress

The CCIUCN will also be playing an active role at the upcoming World Conservation Congress in Marseille in 2020, including sending Youth Ambassadors (stay tuned for more information on that), hosting a Canada Reception and more. If you intend to be at the Congress, drop us a line as we’d love to connect with all the Canadians who will be travelling to France. 

One more item for your calendars: this fall, CCIUCN in partnership with Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership, will be hosting a webinar on synthetic biology. This rapidly developing field holds promise and risks for the conservation of biodiversity. CCIUCN will be sending out invitations in the fall, so be sure to tune in to learn more.

My first six months as President of the CCIUCN has been busy and exciting – there is so much to do!  I very much look forward to all the activities we have planned over the next six months and beyond.  I’ll close by wishing you all a safe and fun summer, and a productive fall. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.



President, CC IUCN Board of Directors

IUCN Programme Survey

Note: Survey deadline has been extended until August 26th!

The IUCN Programme 2021-2024 “One Nature, One Future” survey is now posted.

Please fill out the survey and distribute the survey links amongst your networks for feedback on the IUCN Programme 2021-2024 draft for consultation. The survey will be live until end-of-day Monday, August 26th.

Canadian Committee of the IUCN pre-Canadian Regional Conservation Forum Survey:

Sondage préalable au Forum régional canadien sur la conservation du Comité canadien de l’UICN:


Please join us for a webinar on July 4, 2019 from 1pm to 1:40pm ET.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the Canadian Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CCIUCN) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WPCA) and to both the current and draft Programme of Work that guides Members, Commissions and the IUCN Secretariat in securing the planetary life support system by 2030.

Panelists include: Lisa McLaughlin VP of Conservation and Planning Nature Conservancy of Canada CCIUCN President Meg Beckel CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature Past President, CCIUCN Rick Bates CEO, Canadian Wildlife Federation IUCN Regional Councillor (North America & the Caribbean). 
Register here: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Schedule of events until 2021

The next 14-18 months is a critical time for conservation.

The new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) tells us that  nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history, and although it’s not too late to make a difference, we must make transformational change.

In 14 months the World Conservation Congress in Marseilles will be a moment for conservationists from around the world to send a signal to government leaders on the need for serious commitment and action to  stop the loss. In 18 months (October, 2020) the Convention on Biological Diversity meetings will be in   Kunming, Guizhou, China, where new targets to 2030 will be set and commitments made.

To help plan the places and times where you can provide input to these events to help shape future international conservation action, here is a schedule of events between now and 2021 for your use.