What is the IUCN Programme?

The IUCN Programme provides the framework for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the conservation work undertaken by the Commissions and the Secretariat with and on behalf of IUCN Members. 
The IUCN Programme 2017-2020 was approved by Member organizations at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in September 2016 in Hawaii, USA. It was developed as a result of a nine-month consultation process across IUCN Members and Commissions

Working for people and nature

Our work is guided by the IUCN Programme 2017- 2020 which has three priority areas:

Diagram of the 2017-2020 Programme framework

  • Valuing and conserving nature enhances IUCN’s heartland work on biodiversity conservation, emphasising both tangible and intangible values of nature.
  • Promoting and supporting effective and equitable governance of natural resources consolidates IUCN’s work on people-nature relations, rights and responsibilities, and the political economy of nature.
  • Deploying nature-based solutions to societal challenges expands IUCN’s work on nature’s contribution to tackling problems of sustainable development, particularly in climate change, food security and social and economic development.

Who implements the Programme?

The Programme is implemented through the combined force of the Secretariat working together with six IUCN Commissions, with more than 16,000 members who provide critical knowledge for Programme implementation.

Under the One Programme Charter adopted by Council in May 2011, the 1,300 State, government and NGO Members of IUCN contribute where there is alignment with the IUCN Programme. The Programme relies on impact indicators for biodiversity, people and nature, and nature and development.

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