Support for this initiative is presently drawn from non-governmental organizations, international and multi-lateral organizations, governments, academia, the private sector, and many other interested parties who share similar goals of ensuring the sustainable use of biodiversity while conserving the integrity of biodiversity for future generations. The following list, however, represents only those organizations which have formally endorsed the Principles of the Conservation Commons.


Name and web link

National/ local NGO

  1. African Mangrove Network (RAM)
  2. Alexander von Humboldt Institute, Colombia
  3. Ant Base
  4. ARKive: The Wildscreen Trust, UK
  5. Centre for Sustainable Watersheds, Canada
  6. Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, Brazil
  7. Environmental Education Center (Zapoveniks), Russia
  8. ETI BioInformatics
  9. Friends of Nature, Bolivia
  10. GreenFacts
  11. INSnet, Internetwork for Sustainability
  12. International Center for Himalayan Biodiversity
  13. My Nature, Romania
  14. Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles
  15. Philippine Society for the Protection of Animals
  16. Plazi
  17. Rede Verde Conservation Network
  18. Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (RCDC)
  19. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  20. Salim Ali Centre for Ornithilogy and Natural History (SACON), India
  21. The Big Sky Conservation Institute
  22. The World Conservation Union, Pakistan
  23. Tropical Conservancy
  24. Tropical Rainforest Animals
  25. Wetland Friends of Nepal
  26. Wetlands of India, India
  27. Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
  28. WWF Brazil

International NGO

  1. African Conservation Foundation (ACF)
  2. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG)
  3. Biodiversity Research and Training Forum (BRTF)
  4. BioNET International
  5. BirdLife International
  6. Conservation Biology Institute
  7. Conservation International
  8. Earth Conservation Toolbox
  9. Fauna & Flora International
  10. Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP)
  11. Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN)
  12. InterEnvironment
  13. International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
  14. Invasive Species Specialist Group of IUCN Species Survival Commission
  15. IUCN, The International Union for Conservation of Nature
  16. Knowledge Management Online
  17. National Geographic Society
  18. NatureServe
  19. Rainforest Alliance
  20. The Ecoinformatics Collaboratory
  21. The Nature Conservancy *
  22. The Society for Conservation GIS
  23. The Wildlife Society
  24. World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA of IUCN)
  25. TRAFFIC International
  26. Wildlife Conservation Society
  27. WildShare International
  28. WWF International
  29. Ecoport


  1. Belgian Biodiversity Platform
  2. National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica (INBio)
  3. National Biological Information Infrastructure (USGS)
  4. CONABIO, Mexico
  5. NASA, USA
  6. South African National Biodiversity Institute – SANBI

Academic/ Research

  1. American Museum of Natural History
  2. Centre for Forestry and Governance, India
  3. Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands
  4. Digital Library of the Commons
  5. Information Center for the Environment University of California, Davis
  6. Instituto de Biología, U.N.A.M. Mexico
  7. Natural History Museum, UK
  8. The Smithsonian Institution
  9. The Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
  10. TROPI-DRY: forest research network (based in University of Alberta)
  11. University of Maryland – Global Land Cover Facility

Intergovernmental/ MEAs

  1. GBIF – Global Biodiversity Information Facility *
  2. CIFOR
  3. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  4. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  5. United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) *

Private sector

  1. BP
  2. Chevron-Texaco
  3. DIDG Information Systems Ltd., Australia
  4. Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
  5. Erawan Interactive Digital Publishing
  6. Red Hat
  7. Rio Tinto
  8. Shell

* members of the Friends of the Conservation Commons.