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"The IUCN is a the world’s largest global network of government and civil society organisations. Its mission is to provide public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge to enable human progress and economic development, whilst also promoting wildlife conservation. Its firm belief is that these improvements cannot happen independently of each other.
The IUCN is made up of over 1200 member organisations working in 160 countries. The organisations work together to collect data on biodiversity. From this they have gleaned that 40% of the world’s oxygen comes from rainforests, 50% of chemical medicines are based on nature and 100% of our food comes from nature – we need nature to sustain us. Using this knowledge, they train individuals, communities and businesses to exist in the most positive way for the environment, whilst also flourishing financially."
In 1960, Jane Goodall ventured into the forests of Africa to be able to see wild animals living without human disturbance. This decision led to the foundation of the Jane Goodall Foundation, and paved the way for some of the most illuminating research into chimpanzees that has ever been conducted. The research continues to this day, focusing on the state of the forest and the chimpanzee populations. This research is then shared with governments and other protection agencies to create policy to preserve animals.
"Its mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to biodiversity. The scope of their work is huge, covering oceans, forests, wildlife, fresh water, climate and food. They support some of the most endangered animals today – giant pandas, tigers, elephants, gorillas, sea turtles, polar bears, rhinos and whales."