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:


  • Photo: Sara Giovannini

    BIOPAMA - Call for proposals for medium grants launched


    Today, 24 June 2019, BIOPAMA launches the first call for proposals for medium grants (up to 400 000 EUR) in the frame of its “Action component”.

  • Photo: Gran Paradiso National Park

    Global experts set the path for fair and effective protected areas in Gran Paradiso


    This week, the Gran Paradiso National Park and the Gran Paradiso Foundation are hosting 80 global experts in protected area management and governance in a workshop aimed at setting the recommendations for fairer and more effective protected areas.

  • Serengeti National Park Photo: Christine Mentzel

    A lifetime dedication to Tanzania's National Parks


    Paul Banga is a Tanzanian dedicated to nature conservation and wildlife management. He has a career of over 22 years with the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), from park cadet to currently responsible for managing all the development investment programmes. He...

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