Asia is a land full of natural and cultural wonders. But the region faces critical challenges, including poverty, water shortages and climate change. IUCN works with states and civil society in the region to build solutions together.

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About Asia: a rich and dynamic region

Well managed, healthy and diverse ecosystems and the diversity of life they encompass are critical for a healthy, safe and prosperous world. They provide us with food, clean air and water, energy, shelter, medicine, recreation and inspiration. Some of Asia’s greatest wealth is contained in natural forests, mountains, wetlands, marine habitats and other ecosystems.

The dynamic economic growth being experienced in Asia is driving dramatic losses of biodiversity which is impacting the health of societies and economies and increasing the vulnerability of many countries to the impacts of climate change and disasters.

Our work in the region

The Regional Programme encompasses various domains ranging from Red listing of flora and fauna to ecosystem restoration, climate change, gender and sustainable development.

To deliver on our mission toward a just world that values and conserves nature, our work in Asia builds on IUCN's niche as the world's authority on biodiversity conservation, environmental governance, and nature-based solutions. IUCN is involved in over 100 projects throughout Asia, including several initiatives in large ecosystems that extend beyond the shared borders of two or more countries. In Asia, the regional portfolio covers 5 programme areas and 3 strategic themes.

Nature-based Solutions

IUCN takes a holistic approach to tackling these challenges – understanding that human, social and economic well-being depend on the health of natural ecosystems, and that conservation, development and social justice must go hand-in-hand.

We believe nature can play a strong role in tackling the challenges. Nature’s solutions are at our fingertips, they are cost-effective and we know how to implement them. IUCN promotes nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, secure water, food and energy supplies, reduce poverty and drive economic growth.

Livelihoods for nature

Across Asia, there are thousands of local communities and indigenous people who rely on forests for their livelihoods. IUCN Asia secures marine and coastal resilience and livelihoods through restoration and adaptation actions. The strategic theme includes in its purview, community enterprise development, conservation financing, green business development and private sector engagement.

Governance and rights

To ensure the realisation of the rights, roles, inclusive conservation and sustainable use of nature in Asia, we expand partnerships with indigenous peoples, promote access of women and girls to lands and natural resources, and empower youth in conservation through active engagement and intergenerational partnerships in the region.



are the cornerstone of functioning ecosystems, upon which all life depends, from the most untouched forests and oceans of the world to highly modified rural and urban landscapes.


Coastal and marine


IUCN works to reduce the risks posed to coastal communities by supporting sound policy and integrated coastal management initiatives.


Water and Wetlands


Freshwater ecosystems and species are a key feature of nature in Asia. Asia hosts some of the world’s greatest rivers.

Protected and conserved areas


According to the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), there are now more than 12,300 protected areas in Asia, including 49 natural World Heritage Sites and 298 Ramsar Sites.

Forest and agriculture landscapes


Asia’s forests support globally important biodiversity and provide critically important ecosystem services to millions of people across the region.

The Global Tiger Day 2022

was celebrated with Thailand's Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Wildlife (Department of National Park, DNP). IUCN Thailand and the IUCN Asia Regional Office have been working with the DNP to strengthen tiger conservation efforts in Thailand.

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A tiger cub brushed against its mother tadoba andhari tiger reserve

Sharing and creating success stories: the Blue Solutions Fair in Thailand

Around 40 participants from 12 different countries within the Asia-Pacific Region gathered in Pattaya, Thailand, where the Blue Solutions Fair took place from 13 to 16 March. The mission of this four-day event was to explore sustainable ways…

Meet our Members and partners in the region

More than 280 State, government agencies, NGOs, Indigenous Peoples' Organisations (IPOs) and institutions are Members of IUCN in Asia. We also work with over 2,500 Commission members in the region who provide sound know-how and policy advice on conservation issues. An increasing number of Asia-based businesses are also partnering with us for innovative solutions to conservation. You, too, can be part of IUCN.