Hans de Iongh has been a member of the Board of the Netherlands Committee for IUCN since 1987 and has been a Chair of the Committee between 1990 and 2000 and a Vice Chair from 2000 until 2003. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of IUCN NL and Biodiversity Advisor to the daily board. Hans is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, especially the Sustainable Use Specialist Group, the Sirenia Specialist Group and the Cat Specialist Group. He is also a member of the African Lion Working Group, which is affiliated with the Cat Specialist Group, and he has contributed to the Ecosystem Management Group for several years.
He is a member of the Netherlands CITES Commission, Chair of the Van Tienhoven Foundation and member of an Advisory Group to the Ministry of LNV on Red Lists in the Netherlands. He has been active in the development of harmonization of Red Lists in Europe and he has contributed to and initiated several National Conservation Strategies for threatened species. Hans has long standing experience with IUCN and the IUCN network, through his Chairmanship of the National Committee between 1990 and 2000 and as Vice Chair from 2000 until 2003. During this period the National Committee was successful in raising funds from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a small grant window on tropical forests, which has formed the basis for a very strong development of the Office of the National Committee to its present form and size.
During his Chairmanship, Hans has represented the National Committee during General Assemblies and World Conservation Congresses, has chaired meetings of the National Committee, has contributed to European meetings of National Committees and has organized and initiated several international and regional seminars and conferences, a Conference on International Environmental Security in the Peace Palace of the Hague, a European seminar on the harmonization of Red Lists and several workshops on Conservation Strategies for elephant, lion wild African dog and dugongs. Hans remains a very active member of the IUCN and participates in activities of the Species Survival Commission.
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