Asia

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.

But the future of Asia hangs in the balance. 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.

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6.25%

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of the ocean is designated as Marine Protected Areas [MPAs], that have been set aside for long-term conservation aims.

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Our Vision

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A just world that values and conserves nature.

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Our Mission

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Influence, encourage and assist societies to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

Catalysts 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.

 

Our Work in Asia

Our work in Asia encompasses various domains ranging from Red listing of flora and fauna to Ecosystem restoration, Climate Change, Gender and sustainable development.

Well managed, healthy and diverse ecosystems 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.

But the dynamic economic growth in Asia is driving dramatic losses of biodiversity, affecting the health of societies and economies and increasing vulnerability to climate change and disasters.

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A tiger cub brushed against its mother tadoba andhari tiger reserve

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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 260 government agencies, NGOs 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.