Protected Areas

IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

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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:


  • PPA best practices guidelines, Spanish Photo: PPA best practices guidelines, Spanish

    IUCN guidelines for Privately Protected Areas, released in Spanish


    The Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas, Spanish version, has been released at the Lima, Peru CAPLAC III congress, with acknowledgement to the contributors from many nations and cultures. These privately protected areas are seen as an important piece in...

  • Mutnovsky Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia Photo: IUCN/Boris Erg

    Achieving Aichi Target 11 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia


    Regional partnership for Eastern Europe and Central Asia was launched on 9 October 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to facilitate reporting on the achievement of Target 11. As a first step, representatives of the Russian Federation and five Central Asian...

  • NAPA MOOC outline 2019 September-December Photo: NAPA

    27,000+ students and now six massive open online courses (MOOCs) at IUCN-PAPACO


    The New Technologies course will be available for the first time from October, joining the existing courses of Protected Area management, Ecological monitoring, Law enforcement, Species conservation, and Valorisation of natural resources and sustainable...

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