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Protected and conserved areas are the foundation of biodiversity conservation. They safeguard nature and cultural resources, improve livelihoods and drive sustainable development. 

IUCN works to establish best practices and standards that maximise the effectiveness of protected and conserved areas and advances justice and equity in conservation, including the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. 

In its work on protected areas and conserved areas, IUCN focusses on three key areas:


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  • Locally managed marine protected area, Lefaga Bay, Upolu island, Samoa Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Imène Meliane

    Report shows 15% of terrestrial and 7% of marine areas now covered by protected areas

    18.11.2018

    Around 15% of the world’s terrestrial area is better safeguarded by conservation measures, as well as over 7% of the world’s oceans, ensuring the world is on track to meet important conservation targets, according to the latest Protected Planet Report.

  • Photo: Stuart Chape

    Protected Areas Working Group: enhancing regional coordination in the Pacific

    08.11.2018

    IUCN Oceania Regional Office (ORO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have convened the latest gathering of the Protected Area Working Group (PAWG) of the Pacific Island Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) in Suva...

  • Isle of Vilm, Germany Photo: Trevor Sandwith/IUCN

    Going for Green in Egypt

    02.11.2018

    The International Nature Conservation Academy on the Island of Vilm in northern Germany was host to a workshop focused on the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Area over the weekend of 26-27 October. It included the first ever formal meeting of the...

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