Nature-based solutions


  • Fisherfolk depend on healthy mangrove forests Photo: IUCN

    IUCN Council adopts first-ever Global Standard on Nature-based Solutions


    Gland, Switzerland – The first-ever Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions has been developed by IUCN. Last week, the IUCN Council adopted the standard, clearing the way for it to be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in June.

  • bridge and stream Photo: shutterstock image 116041936

    Unpacking the complex relationship between forest age and river flows


    As the global restoration movement gains momentum and large-scale forest landscape restoration activities are implemented, there is a need for a better understanding of the links between increasing forest cover and river flow. Does age matter?

  • The Selva Shrimp business and conservation model The Selva Shrimp business and conservation model Photo: Blueyou (

    Blueyou business partners with mangrove trees to turn a profit


    The swirling question posed by any business wanting to take part in nature conservation is how to make it profitable. In Indonesia, the “Selva Shrimp” project is on the way to proving that small-scale farming with active nature conservation can create...

  • Men looking at a map Photo: IBAP/ En haut!

    Where rice, mangroves and dikes connect in Guinea-Bissau


    A look at the interesting relationship between protecting and restoring mangroves and rice cultivation in Guinea Bissau

  • Sustainable shrimp farming saves mangroves in Viet Nam Photo: Mangroves for the Future

    Engaging business in nature-based solutions: an IUCN-PANORAMA webinar explores opportunities and lessons


    Following the decision by IUCN Members to adopt a universal definition of nature-based solutions (NbS) in 2016, IUCN has been working with key stakeholders in relevant sectors, such as water, food, development and humanitarian aid, encouraging them to...

  • Seaweed collection, Zanzibar Seaweed collection, Zanzibar Photo: Shutterstock / Gray Kotze

    New IUCN film - Common challenge of aquaculture and marine conservation in Zanzibar


    Gland, 17.12.2019 (IUCN) - Seaweed farming is one of the activities conducted by coastal communities in many places around the world. On the coast of Zanzibar, this activity is mostly done by women (80% of the seaweed farmers), provides them with a...

  • mangrove forest Photo: The main mangrove forest (mainly Rhizophora racemosa) at Rio Sierpe, Costa Rica

    Tangled roots and changing tides: law at the service of mangrove conservation and sustainable use


    A pioneering global study details the legal and institutional frameworks governing mangroves and proposes solutions to address gaps and weaknesses identified.

  • Okavango Delta, Botswana Okavango Delta, Botswana – Wetlands are valuable natural infrastructure for preventing damage from floods. Photo: Mark Gnadt

    Countries must use nature more in their climate commitments – IUCN report


    Gland, Switzerland, 19 September 2019 (IUCN) – Countries are not fully taking into account the considerable potential of ecosystems such as mangroves and peatlands to tackle climate change in their commitments under the Paris Agreement, according to a report...

  • A woman and child in a dryland ecosystem Photo: iStock 904833344

    Aligning restoration commitments could boost global land health – IUCN report


    By aligning land restoration commitments countries could bring more degraded land back to health, according to a new IUCN report launched today at the ongoing Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in New Delhi.

  • mangrove forest dissecting a city scape Photo: By Portal da CopaME /,_Pernamb

    Nature may have solutions your city is looking for


    The world’s cities cover only 3% of the Earth’s land but consume 60-80% of manufactured energy and are responsible for 70% of carbon emissions. However, cities and urban ecosystems have unparalleled potential to conserve biodiversity, preserve surrounding...


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