Global Policy

IUCN participates in multilateral processes and international environmental forums to provide policy and technical advice to key stakeholders, associating extensive on-the-ground experience and scientific expertise


How we engage

The decisions taken by IUCN Members at the IUCN World Conservation Congress set the global conservation agenda and guide IUCN’s policy engagements at the local, national and global levels.

With the aim to integrate nature & sustainable development at all levels, IUCN's policy work focusses on 3 key areas:


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National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

More commonly referred to as NBSAPs, are the main vehicles of national implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other biodiversity-related conventions. With its regional and country offices, IUCN is well positioned to assist countries in developing and updating their...

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

IUCN has been involved in the CBD since its drafting and through its development.


IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations

IUCN’s Members have issued over 1300 Resolutions since the organisation’s founding in 1948. These have been the Union’s most effective means of influencing conservation policy, at species, site, national and global levels.


Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

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Invasive alien species and sustainable development

Alien or non-native species are animals, plants or other organisms introduced by humans, either intentionally or accidentally, into areas outside their natural range. Some of these species become...

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