Climate Change

Our work

Climate change is a cross-cutting theme that extends across multiple IUCN global and regional programmes and IUCN commissions. Read more about the different elements of IUCN’s climate change work by clicking on the links below:


Bialowieza ForestForests and climate change

IUCN's work on forests and climate change focuses on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and promoting forest landscape restoration through the Bonn Challenge initiative.

Mekong floods 2008Ecosystem-based Adaptation 

Healthy ecosystems help communities adapt to the adverse effects of climate change (EbA) and reduce risks of climate-related disasters (Eco-DRR). 

Wave crashing on a coral reefOceans, marine ecosystems and climate change

IUCN assesses the risks posed by climate change to the world's oceans, including from ocean acidification and ocean warming, and also puts forward practical nature-based solutions such as the Mangroves for the Future and Blue Carbon initiatives. Learn more

Kids jumping into waterWater and climate change

Initiatives like SEARCH and WISE-UP to climate help local communities build climate resilience through the use of natural infrastructure in better water resources management. 

Polar BearSpecies and climate change

Climate change poses a serious threat to species conservation. IUCN is developing and applying a unique 'trait-based' approach to assessing species' vulnerability to climate change. Learn more.

Recently created by the Government of Afghanistan, the Wakhan National Park covers an immense area (25 percent larger than Yellowstone National Park) filled with snow-capped mountains and alpine grasslands.Protected Areas and climate change

Beyond conserving species and ecosystems, protected areas provide natural solutions to climate change and other essential ecological, social, and economic services. Learn more.

Monarch Butterfly Reserve, MexicoWorld Heritage and climate change

Climate change has been identified as the biggest potential threat to natural World Heritage sites. Yet natural World Heritage sites also contribute to global climate stability by storing significant amounts of carbon, and by aiding climate resilience. Learn more.

Women in Community Garden, UgandaGender and climate change

IUCN works extensively at the intersection of climate change and gender, with the aim of making climate policy and action more gender-responsive. Learn more

La llegada de las Vakas.Social policy and climate change

IUCN engages with diverse stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and faith-based leaders, in making climate policy and action more socially inclusive and equitable.

BRICS dialogue at the CEL Climate Change Law and Governance Conference, New DelhiLaw and climate change

IUCN's Environmental Law Centre, supported by the expertise of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), works to improve governance arrangements and legal frameworks, including on climate change adaptation and REDD+ 



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