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:


  • 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...

  • 2019 IUCN ROWA 9th Regional Conservation Forum RCF Photo: Nadine Seleem

    Championing conservation outcomes, the Green List expands in West Asia


    With a new site committing to the Green List during the event, an inception meeting for a new project in the region, and a half-day workshop on the Green List with the Kuwait Environment Protection Agency, the Green List was a much talked about subject during...

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