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 and there is

 also a report on our latest activities.


European Sustainable Use Specialist Group was established in 1997 within the global Sustainable Use Specialist Group of IUCN, as a voluntary network of multi-disciplinary experts mostly based in Europe. In order to engage in projects for European Commission, a constitution as a non-profit organization was established under Belgian law.


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. We became a support group for SUME too.  

10 Oct 2018 Next ESUG GM announced
08 Dec 2017 ESUG Chair as Falconry Festival veteran
22 Nov 2017 SULi chair published in Washington Post