The overall objective of IUCN in South-Eastern Europe is to work towards the long-term protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources. Advocating for nature-based solutions to development challenges and encouraging cross-border cooperation, IUCN will strive to shape a sustainable future for the people and nature in the region.
A IUCN Strategic Plan for South-Eastern Europe, called "Shaping a Sustainable Future", defines six mid-term Strategic Directions for IUCN by 2020 and programme priorities for the period of 2013-2016. The following are the main directions of IUCN’s work:
- Protected areas;
- Species conservation;
- Sustainable ecosystem management;
- Policy influencing;
- Capacity development;
- Strengthening the Union.
“The strategic plan is a milestone event in the history of IUCN in South-Eastern Europe which sets new guiding principles for the work of the Union in the region. The strategy is a result of a thorough consultation between IUCN Members, Commissions, the IUCN Secretariat and partners, a process we are all proud of,” says Boris Erg, Director of IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe. “This is our joint strategy and its implementation requires a coordinated work. We do hope that we will be able to report some progress in SEE in the years to come.”
In order to achieve these goals, IUCN will work across all of its components, which include the IUCN Secretariat, IUCN Members and Commissions, a broad network of partners and stakeholders, spanning governments, research centres, NGOs, local authorities and communities. The IUCN Secretariat will have a central role in coordinating the process but it cannot deliver the strategy alone, nor could its’ Members or Commission without cooperating between each other.