COVID-19 resources

This page collects IUCN resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the relationship between nature and human health.

IUCN responses to COVID-19

IUCN Statement on COVID-19 (French and Spanish)

IUCN Congress – new dates

IUCN’s advice to the World Heritage Committee following the COVID-19 pandemic - IUCN World Heritage Programme

Gender-based violence and environment linkages During COVID-19 - IUCN Global Programme on Governance and Rights

A Green Recovery in Europe will also need to scale up Nature Based Solutions - IUCN European Regional Office

Great apes, COVID-19 and the SARS CoV-2 - Joint Statement of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Primate Specialist Group Section on Great Apes

Quarantining also means caring for our great ape relatives – IUCN Crossroads blog post by Elizabeth L. Bennett of the Wildlife Conservation Society

The Business Case for Conservation – reflections at the time of COVID-19 – Perspective from Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, CEO of IUCN Member organisation Nature Seychelles

CEESP and COVID19: A Call to Action - Note from Kristen Walker Painemilla, Chair of IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (Spanish)

CEC and COVID-19: Message from the Chair - Message from Sean Southey, Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (French and Spanish versions below the English)

Conserving Nature in a time of crisis: Protected Areas and COVID-19 - World Commission on Protected Areas

Environmental Rule of Law: Pandemics Now and the Next Time in the Americas – Perspective from Claudia S. de Windt, member of the World Commission on Environmental Law steering committee


Grants available through IUCN will be posted here. Please watch this space for updates.


As a part of IUCN Save Our Species’ African Wildlife initiative, funded by the European Union, we are inviting proposals for Rapid Action Grants targeting terrestrial or freshwater threatened species in continental Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.

  • They are designed to enable immediate responses to new and emerging threats.
  • Rapid Action Grants are now also open to projects responding to threats linked to COVID-19 crisis and its consequences.

 Apply for a grant

Other resources

One Health Initiative

IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group website

IUCN WCPA Health and Well-being Specialist Group web page

#NatureForAll Discovery Zone - New, searchable database of environmental education resources for families, teachers, and people of all ages that can help connect people with and learn about nature wherever they may be. 

Healthy People in a Healthy Environment Key Directions Statement - IUCN National Committee Australia

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