World Commission on Protected Areas

We are the premier network of 2500 experts from 140 countries that mobilizes action in science, conservation, policy, and engagement to support well managed and connected parks and other protected areas


How we engage 

The Commission develops knowledge based policy, advice and guidance on the full suite of issues surrounding protected areas through the establishment of Specialist Groups and Task Forces. We bring together global experts to find solutions for programme priorities, including global protected area standards and Best Practice Guidelines.



  • Double Turtle Photo: Thomas Vignaud

    Blue Finance builds an alliance to monetise and more effectively protect Marine Protected Areas


    A key obstacle to effectively managing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is a lack of economic resources, but at the Oriental Mindoro MPA in the Philippines, a consortium of dedicated partners is turning one of the world`s most productive ecosystems into a...

  • IUCN Statement Photo: IUCN

    IUCN deplores the brutal killing of 17 people in Virunga National Park


    IUCN is deeply shocked by the tragic loss of 12 park rangers, a staff driver and four civilians close to Virunga National Park, following an attack by armed militia on 24 April. One of the world’s most biodiversity-rich areas and home to the last remaining...

  • Celsa Ortiz, a ranger with her community in Yanesha Communal Reserve, Peru Photo: Celsa Ortiz

    Green Solidarity


    A new wave of IUCN Green List commitments in the Amazon to help COVID recovery for rural and indigenous communities and their vital ecosystems.

protected planet

Discover the World's Protected Areas


Wilderness Best Practice Guidelines 25 Photo: IUCN WCPA

Best Practice Guidelines

Global Guidelines for protected area practitioners


PARKS Special Issue on OECMS June 2018 Photo: IUCN Parks Journal

The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation

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