Governance and Rights


  • Increasingly severe droughts caused by climate change are stripping many of the world’s most vulnerable people of the land they need to grow their food. Photo: IUCN Photo Library © IUCN / Alicia Wirz

    Climate agreement must recognise nature’s solutions – IUCN


    Ahead of the UN climate conference, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of nature in reducing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to a changing climate.

  • Tales of Water, a Child's View. Tanzania 2005. Photo: © Taco Anema

    Valuing natural capital key to tackling climate change – says IUCN


    Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2015 -- IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the vital role of natural capital in addressing climate change in a keynote speech at the World Forum on Natural Capital, which opened today in Edinburgh, UK.

  • The meaningful consultation and participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, such as these Baka women in Cameroon, is an important aspect of the pro-poor approach for REDD Photo: IUCN/ Agni Boedhihartono

    Report calls on aluminium industry to respect indigenous peoples' rights


    Geneva, Switzerland, 16 November 2015 – While global demand for the world’s most popular metal – aluminium – continues to rise, it is critical that the aluminium industry address its environmental and social impacts, particularly in indigenous peoples’...

  • Rebecca Welling, Project Officer, IUCN Global Water Programme Photo: IUCN

    Blog: Adapting to climate change through ‘action learning’


    By Rebecca Welling. There is growing recognition that water security is critical for sustainable economic development, reducing poverty and adapting to climate change. Yet a key aspect often overlooked in efforts to meet this fundamental need is the role...

  • Global Goals Photo: oneorg

    Sustainable Development Goals recognise role of business


    The United Nations' new development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges, and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.  

  • Ariel Brunner of BirdLife Europe Photo: BirdLife Europe

    The pros and cons of biodiversity offsets


    Protecting forests and restoring wetlands are some of the actions companies and governments are taking to make up for biodiversity lost as a result of their development activities. These measurable conservation actions - designed to compensate for...

  • The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Kirk Lee Aeder

    Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit


    Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation.

  • Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered Photo: Bjorn Olesen

    CITES and IUCN bolster collaboration in tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade


    Geneva, 28 August 2015 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have signed an agreement this week to strengthen the cooperation...

  • Infographic 'Going with the Flow'. The natural capital of water, follow @IUCN_Water on Twitter Photo: ©IUCN Water Programme

    Blog: Embracing a new era of communications – harnessing the power of the digital world


    By Claire Warmenbol. Did you know that the world today creates as much data in 10 minutes as in all of human history up until the year 2003? That is a lot of information. Amongst all this noise, how do environmental messages stand a chance of being heard? Or...

  • Byron Bay Arakwal people traditional welcome Photo: Carla Danelutti, IUCN

    A new chapter begins for the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas


    Recognizing success provides inspiration and constructive feedback. Through the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), IUCN is seeking to provide an innovative tool for managers and protected area systems to assess and monitor PA values, identify existing...


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