IUCN is among the oldest, best-known and politically-savvy of all the international conservation groups. Founded in 1948 its members include 75 states, 750 NGOs and 10,000 scientists. The union has a staff of 1000 in its Switzerland secretariat and field offices around the world. Its programmes include advising UN conventions and individual countries on biodiversity management and monitoring the state of species through its famous Red Lists. It is particularly strong in developing countries where environment ministries often rely on IUCN resources and expertise to help implement programmes and projects. It is funded by a wide range of donors including individual governments, multilateral organisations and foundations.