IUCN ECARO strongly advocates for effective and equitable governance of natural resources and promotes gender equality and community-based approaches in resource management. We believe that good governance is a precondition for the effective conservation of biodiversity and equitable use of natural resources. IUCN ECARO calls for respect for human rights, public participation in decision-making, access to and fair and equitable share of nature’s use, and transparency and accountability in law-making and enforcement. We actively work across the Union to ensure that the principles of good governance are recognised, understood and applied at all levels in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We know that good governance helps build partnership between governments, civil society, communities, and the private sector, and leads to creating sustainable opportunities for communities and society as a whole.