Science and Economics

Science and Economics at the heart of IUCN



IUCN knowledge by the numbers

filling a gap


of conservation professionals do not yet have the access to the literature they need

making IUCN knowledge available


pdf downloads from the IUCN online Library Portal in 2017

the Union's expertise


 members of six expert IUCN Commissions 

How we engage

A sound scientific basis is vital for effective decision-making in nature conservation. This encompasses compiling data and assessing them against formal standards, providing access to information, publishing research and analysis, and interacting with peer conservation science networks.

IUCN harnesses the 13,000-strong membership of the Union’s six expert Commissions to support assessments against the IUCN Red List, Key Biodiversity Areas and Protected Planet standards; runs library and publication services; and connects with peer networks like the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Advancing and
sharing knowledge



  • Oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia Oil palm plantation in Sabah, Malaysia Photo: HUTAN KOCP

    Saying ‘no’ to palm oil would likely displace, not halt biodiversity loss – IUCN report


    Paris, 26 June 2018 (IUCN) – Banning palm oil would most likely increase the production of other oil crops to meet demand for oil, displacing rather than halting the significant global biodiversity losses caused by palm oil, warned an IUCN report published...

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020


    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

  • Restoration sign in the wetlands of Alviso Marsh, Don Edwards wildlife refuge, south San Francisco bay, California Photo: ©Sundry Photography Shutterstock

    World Wetlands Day 2018: Focus on Urban Wetlands


    For the seventh year in a row, the WEF Global Risk Report placed Water Crises in its Top 5 Global Risks. Such repeated warnings have led business and policy makers to seek solutions and innovation to avert water crises. Yet solutions often lie in...

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Palm oil plantation in Sabah, Malaysia. Palm oil plantation in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo: HUTAN/KOCP

Palm oil and biodiversity conservation

With the disastrous impacts of palm oil on biodiversity from a global perspective, there are no simple solutions.


flooded field with trees in back and blue sky Photo: IUCN

Ecosystem Valuation

When businesses value environmental costs more consistently, better management decisions are made for the environment, society and the companies themselves.


Woman weaving a basket Woman weaving a basket Photo: IUCN / Ger Bergkamp

People in Nature (PiN)

An IUCN knowledge basket on the interrelationships between people and nature.


Structure of DNA Photo: CC0 Public Domain

Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation

Synthetic biology has no widely agreed definition. However, it is commonly understood as a field where engineering principles are applied to biology to design, construct or modify biological parts or systems.


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