Ecosystem Management

The well-being of people all over the world depends on healthy ecosystems to provide goods, like food and water, and services like climate regulation and protection from natural hazards.


Diverse and healthy ecosystems matter


In the past 20 years

90 %

of major disasters caused by weather-related events

Islands harbour

20 %

of all plant, bird and reptile species

Drylands coverage


of global terrestrial carbon stocks

How we engage

IUCN uses ecosystem-based approaches and works with governments and local communities to develop and implement policies and actions contributing to long-term disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

IUCN addresses information gaps and capacity needs on the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, with the aim of achieving sustainable and resilient development. 


  • Mangrove EcoDRR Thailand seedling coastal resilience Photo: IUCN

    Bridging silos with social learning


    Ministries from around the world gather in Bangkok, Thailand, for social learning event on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

  • A boy drags a jerry can of water in Kenya's drylands Photo: IUCN

    Bringing hope to Africa’s Sahel through the Great Green Wall Initiative


    In support of the GGW initiative, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is executing a project titled ‘closing the gaps in the Great Green Wall’, which is funded by GEF and implemented by UN Environment, in 11 countries. The project is...

  • 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.

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