Our Mission and Objectives

Within the framework of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to conduct research in order to enhance understanding of conservation through the use of wild living resources and to influence policy and practice accordingly.




In conformity with IUCN objectives, which are to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable, our objectives are:-


  1. to identify and evaluate the principles and elements of management which contribute to enhancing sustainability of use of wild fauna and flora and their habitats;
  2. to increase the conservation advantages accruing from such use by assisting authorities, users, the general public and researchers to work together for an integrated and equitable approach to sustainable natural resource use in Europe and elsewhere;
  3. to conduct research, participate in research and development projects, publish, consult, liaise, educate & take any other action in order to accomplish the above; and
  4. to work with IUCN to provide guidance to communities that encourages conservation through sustainable use, balancing cultural and economic objectives.


To learn more about us, please see our two-page factsheet.

 Our Statutes, under Belgian law, can be downloaded

There is also a recent report on activities with the latest portals briefing.


European Sustainable Use Specialist Group was established in 1997 within the global Sustainable Use Specialist Group of IUCN, as a volunteer network of multi-disciplinary experts. In order to engage in projects for European Commission, ESUG is constituted in Belgian law as a non-profit organization.


In 2010, IUCN formed a Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi) group across Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the Commission for Environmental Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). ESUG became a support group for SULi. In 2014 the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) created a group for Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems. ESUG became a support group for SUME too.  

Patrons of ESUG 

We are profoundly grateful to the following for their generous support of our work:

Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation of the EU

British Association for Shooting & Conservation

Chair of Anatrack Ltd

Robin Sharp CB