Oceania

Our work

Our priorities: 2017-2020

IUCN works as a Union to deliver IUCN’s One Programme. The One Programme approach strengthens the delivery and impact of the IUCN Programme, leveraging the respective roles, capacities and unique features of the constituent parts of the Union – our Members, Commissions, National and Regional Committees and Secretariat. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in areas such as climate, food and development.

The IUCN Oceania region is large and diverse, from small pacific islands to large countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Its member countries cover the spectrum from developed to developing in their evolution. Across the region challenges such as climate change are common, recognising that impacts may vary. Additionally, there are some challenges which are particular to geographic areas, cultures, evolution of economic development and institutional capacity.

The Secretariat work through four thematic areas as follows:

  • Valuing and conserving nature, enhances IUCN’s heartland work on biodiversity conservation, emphasizing both tangible and intangible values of nature,
  • Promoting and supporting effective and equitable governance of natural resources consolidates IUCN’s work on people-nature relations, rights and responsibilities, and the political economy of nature,
  • Deploying nature-based solutions to address societal challenges expands IUCN’s work on nature’s contribution to tackling problems of sustainable development, particularly in climate change, food security and social and economic development and recognises the important connection between healthy ecosystems and physical, mental, social and spiritual health, and
  • Blue-Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. 

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