Protected Areas

IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

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How we engage

Protected and conserved areas are the foundation of biodiversity conservation. They safeguard nature and cultural resources, improve livelihoods and drive sustainable development. 

IUCN works to establish best practices and standards that maximise the effectiveness of protected and conserved areas and advances justice and equity in conservation, including the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. 

In its work on protected areas and conserved areas, IUCN focusses on three key areas:


  • Photo: IUCN Hanoi

    Good governance is the key to success in Van Long Nature Reserve


    The recent assessment using the IUCN Green List Standard has illuminated a unique natural and cultural landscape in Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve in Vietnam.

  • Van Long Nature Reserve, Viet Nam Photo: James Hardcastle

    Exploring conserved areas in Viet Nam


    The decision late last year by the Parties to the CBD to recognise “conserved areas” is stimulating new conversations at the national level on diverse forms of nature conservation taking place outside protected areas. In March 2019, the IUCN Global Protected...

  • Photo: Sayel Wishahi

    IUCN contributes to top FAO report


    In February, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published the State of World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.

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