ESUG Objectives

In conformity with IUCN mission, which is 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.




Members and Working Groups


Currently there are 111 individual expert members of ESUG from 42 countries and 2 Patron organisations. A majority of the individual experts are also members of IUCN thematic groups for Sustainable Use and Livelyhoods (SULi) or Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems (SUME).


ESUG pursues its objectives through the Chair, Committee and Six Working Groups based on Co-ordinators who liaise with ESUG members, other IUCN Specialist Groups and other organisations interested in the relevant focal areas. The current Working Groups are: 

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Fisheries
  • Biodiversity Business
  • Wildlife Species
  • Plants and Fungi