Project accountability

IUCN has developed a number of systems and processes to ensure project quality, accountability and transparency.

Open Project Portal

IUCN is committed to publishing comprehensive, quality and timely information about the organisation’s project portfolio. The IUCN Open Project Portal ( contains detailed information on IUCN’s projects in over 150 countries worldwide. It comprises data and information for active projects in 2021 and after, making it the central point of access to detailed information about IUCN projects.

Environmental and Social Management System

The Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) provides a systematic procedure to check IUCN projects for potential adverse environmental and social impacts to assure that negative impacts are avoided or minimised to the extent possible while positive impacts are stimulated.

How to raise a concern about an IUCN project?

IUCN project guidelines and standards v.2.2


IUCN project grievance mechanism

IUCN has put in place an ESMS grievance mechanism to provide people or communities fearing or suffering adverse impacts from a project with an opportunity to raise their concerns. The mechanism covers complaints related to issues where IUCN projects have failed to respect ESMS principles, standards and procedures. To raise complaints, please use Channel 2 indicated in the above illustration.

Learn more about ESMS 

Learn more about the ESMS grievance mechanism