On June 3, 2009, at the invitation of the China Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Li Yanquan, Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Society of Forestry, attended the IUCN China Membership Meeting. In this meeting, the development of IUCN in China was reviewed; the development expectations and cooperation prospects of IUCN in China by members, member countries and partners of the committee; the role and expansion space of China’s network were discussed; the resource utilization and strategic development plan of IUCN in China were formulated. At that time, the Chinese Society of Forestry was actively applying to join the IUCN.
In 2010, IUCN officially accepted the Chinese Society of Forestry as its group member. IUCN was established in 1948. It is the oldest and largest global nature conservation organization in the world, consisting of individual members, non-governmental organization members and government organization members. The IUCN aims to “lead the world conservation movement and promote concerted actions to protect the integrity and diversity of nature while ensuring that human use of natural resources is appropriate, sustainable and fair”. Joining IUCN has expanded the influence of CSF on the international stage of forestry, increased the international right of speech, opened a new window for exchanges with international forestry and environmental protection NGOs, and broadened the channels for the world to understand Chinese forestry.
From June 19, 2016 to June 21, 2016, Chen Xingliang, Vice President and Secretary General of CSF, led a delegation to attend the first Trilateral Member Conference of Northeast Asia held by IUCN in Jeju Island, South Korea. The main purposes of the conference were to promote exchanges and cooperation among members, share experience in information and environmental protection, establish closer ties between Northeast Asian countries and establish a multi-country conference system to benefit members in Asia. From September 1, 2016 to September 12, 2016, the IUCN World Congress was held in Hawaii, USA. As the lead member unit, CSF submitted two proposals of “Natural Capital” and “Ecological Civilization”. At the same time, the World Congress coincided with the renewal of IUCN. As a member unit, CSF sent Liu Hesheng, Deputy Secretary-General, to lead a delegation to participate in the congress to fulfill members’ right to vote and further strengthen cooperation with IUCN.
From October 14, 2017 to October 16, 2017, the second IUCN China-Japan-ROK Conference was successfully held in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Ma Keping, Chairman of the IUCN Asian Member Committee and the Researcher of Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was the contact person of Chinese delegation. The conference was aimed at promoting exchanges and cooperation among China, Japan and the ROK (IUCN members), sharing progress and experience in nature conservation, and discussing possible projects and ways of cooperation.
On November 6, 2019, Mr. Sean Southey, Chairman of IUCN CEC, presented the IUCN CEC Excellence Award to the winners on the first day of the 7th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum. Researcher Chen Xingliang, Vice President and Secretary General of CSF, received this award. The Asia Regional Conservation Forum, held every four years, is the largest event organized by IUCN in Asia. The 7th Forum was held from November 6, 2019 to November 8, 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan, jointly organized by the Pakistan Ministry of Climate Change, the Government of Pakistan and the IUCN National Commission of Pakistan. About 500 delegates of governments, NGOs and business sectors from all over Asia gathered in Islamabad for the Forum. Delegates discussed how to work together to address the impending environmental problems in Asia, share best practices and make decisions on a joint plan of action to improve the way society manages the natural environment and promote human, social, and economic development.