BMWHI joins world’s largest environmental network

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute (BMWHI) has joined the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


The IUCN has more than 1,300 member organisations and 16,000 experts from government and non-government organisations (NGOs). It is the leading provider of conservation data and analysis, and sets international standards for best practice in conservation and protected area management.

Working with partners and supporters, IUCN implements a diverse portfolio of conservation projects to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s wellbeing. Areas of focus include environmental law, protected areas management, and World Heritage sites.

BMWHI executive director Dr John Merson said he expects IUCN membership will assist the Institute with its protected area conservation training and the national rollout of Low Carbon Living.   

“We are privileged to live in an extraordinary natural environment in the Blue Mountains, but we share the concern many have about the very real threat climate change poses to natural habitats and quality of life.

“IUCN membership strengthens our capacity to work with communities in the Blue Mountains and across Australia to address environmental challenges and to adopt smart solutions for sustainable living.”

IUCN has developed a wealth of tools to support conservation action. Resources available on the IUCN website include "how to" guides to tackle conservation challenges.

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