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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:


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  • Rustam Sagitov Photo: Baltic Fund for Nature

    Dr Rustam Sagitov, one of Russia’s great nature conservationists

    20.08.2018

    IUCN mourns the loss of Dr Rustam Sagitov, IUCN Regional Councillor for Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia, and Chair of the IUCN National Committee for Russia, who passed away on Sunday, 19 August 2018. Aleksei Zavarzin, IUCN CEC Regional Vice Chair...

  • Photo: IUCN / Chris Wood

    New IUCN report helps choose the right tools to assess how key natural areas benefit people

    07.08.2018

    IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) today has issued new guidance to help practitioners assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report reviews nine assessment tools, focussing on their...

  • Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    Updates on ‘Other effective area-based conservation measures’

    02.08.2018

    In July, governments at the 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Science, Technology and Technological Advice (SBSTTA22) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed a draft decision on 'Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-Based Conservation...

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