The Center for Humans and Nature, NFP (CHN) is an independent, non-profit organization that was founded in 2000 by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. CHN’s mission is to “promote a more harmonious relationship between people and nature.”
CHN does this by bringing together a diverse group of experts from the fields of science, philosophy, art, and law to think creatively about how to solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. CHN’s work is divided into three main areas:
- Big Questions: CHN hosts a series of public events and symposia that explore big questions about the relationship between humans and nature. These questions include: What is the nature of our relationship with nature? How can we create a more sustainable future? What role does culture play in environmental protection?
- Projects: CHN supports a number of projects that are working to make a difference on the ground. These projects include: a program to promote sustainable agriculture, a campaign to protect endangered species, and a project to develop new tools for environmental decision-making.
- Publications: CHN publishes a number of books, reports, and articles that explore the relationship between humans and nature. These publications include the journal Minding Nature, the blog The Nature of Things, and the book The Future of Nature.
CHN is a unique organization that is working to find new ways to solve the world’s environmental challenges. By bringing together a diverse group of experts and thinkers, CHN is helping to create a more harmonious relationship between people and nature.
In addition to its independent work, CHN is also an official member of IUCN. This means that CHN works closely with IUCN to promote the organization’s mission of “uniting the world to conserve nature.” CHN’s work is aligned with IUCN’s six strategic goals:
- Sustainable use of natural resources
- Conservation of biodiversity
- Combating climate change
- Improving governance of natural resources
- Building capacity for conservation
- Increasing public awareness of conservation
By working with IUCN, CHN is able to reach a wider audience and have a greater impact on the world’s environmental challenges.