The International Union of Game Biologists (IUGB) is a non-profit organisation with international membership. It has its legal domicile in Cernier, Switzerland. Its actual bylaws have been signed in Moscow, in 2009.
The aims are to promote the improvement of knowledge about game biology and any other skill related to wildlife, such as wise use of animal populations and the conservation of their habitats. To reach this aim, a conference is taking place every two years since 1954. Over time, IUGB has become a platform that allows networking between its Members.
The IUGB objectives are as follows:
- organize an international congress every two year;
- promote the concept of sustainable use of wildlife resources;
- stimulate research and international technical cooperation in the elaboration of new models of development and management of renewable resources, integrating the objectives of wildlife conservation, wise land use and economic decisions;
- promote awareness and appreciation of wildlife values;
- support and advances high standards of education and professional performance in the field of wildlife management;
- contribute to the solidarity amongst its Members;
- is committed to the protection of wild animals and the conservation of species;
- exchanges information and encourages other forms of collaboration between this and other associations in allied scientific disciplines.
To achieve its objectives, the IUGB shall:
- organise, cosponsor and promote scientific meetings, training seminars, excursions and similar events;
- undertake publication of the results of its scientific meetings, encourage submission of scientific articles to peer reviewed journals, etc;
- issue international directories of institutions and bodies providing education facilities supporting the aims and objectives of IUGB;
- encourage student participation through the presentation of awards for scientific contributions;
- establish close relationships with governmental agencies, intergovernmental bodies and organisations of the private sector concerned with regulatory matters related to wildlife;
- stand up for the concerns and professional interests of its associates and participants;
- and any other means necessary to achieve the objectives.
The current Liaison Officers signing this constitution are the founder Members of the IUGB. New Members are admitted by co-optation; each participating country being entitled to one representative. The IUGB shall be composed of a) the General Assembly of Liaison Officers; b) the Board, and c) the Auditors.