IUCN and Members form a Conservation Initiative on Human Rights

23 March 2010 | News story

IUCN and seven other major conservation organisations are collaborating to promote human rights in conservation

 IUCN, together with IUCN Members Birdlife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, The Nature Conservancy, Wetlands International, Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF, have agreed to form a Conservation Initiative on Human Rights (CIHR) to promote increased integration of human rights in their conservation work.

Under this initiative, each of the participating organizations commits to uphold a set of human rights principles, enhance its capacities to ensure their implementation, and put in place appropriate accountability measures.

IUCN, CI, WI and WWF have approved a Conservation and Human Rights Framework as a foundation for their engagement in this work. WCS has adopted a set of principles that is based on this common framework. All the other organizations in the group are working to adopt the common framework or adapt it to their own institutional contexts.

The Initiative is developing a programme of work to support collaborative learning on human rights principles as they relate to conservation and measures to implement them.