Dr. Christopher Dunn, the E. N. Wilds director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, has been named to the board of the International Union for Conservation of nature and Natural Resources – United States (IUCN-US). 

IUCN-US is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in Washington, DC, which supports its partner organization, IUCN, and other partner organizations with similar missions in valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.  IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,300 government and NGO Members and almost 13,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

Regarding his appointment Dr. Dunn states, “The International Union for the Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest NGO focused on major environmental issues.  As such, I am honored to be appointed to the Board of IUCN-US, as this affords Cornell Botanic Gardens and Cornell University to be recognized as a global player in addressing major conservation and policy priorities in the coming decades.”

Cornell Botanic Gardens is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. For more information call 607-255-2400, or visit cornellbotanicgardens.org.