Ecosystem Management

The well-being of people all over the world depends on healthy ecosystems to provide goods, like food and water, and services like climate regulation and protection from natural hazards.

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Diverse and healthy ecosystems matter

 

In the past 20 years

90 %

of major disasters caused by weather-related events

Islands harbour

20 %

of all plant, bird and reptile species

Drylands coverage

36%

of global terrestrial carbon stocks


How we engage

IUCN uses ecosystem-based approaches and works with governments and local communities to develop and implement policies and actions contributing to long-term disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

IUCN addresses information gaps and capacity needs on the sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, with the aim of achieving sustainable and resilient development. 


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  • Mangrove EcoDRR Thailand seedling coastal resilience Photo: IUCN

    Bridging silos with social learning

    19.11.2019

    Ministries from around the world gather in Bangkok, Thailand, for social learning event on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

  • A boy drags a jerry can of water in Kenya's drylands Photo: IUCN

    Bringing hope to Africa’s Sahel through the Great Green Wall Initiative

    08.11.2019

    In support of the GGW initiative, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is executing a project titled ‘closing the gaps in the Great Green Wall’, which is funded by GEF and implemented by UN Environment, in 11 countries. The project is...

  • A woman and child in a dryland ecosystem Photo: iStock 904833344

    Aligning restoration commitments could boost global land health – IUCN report

    06.09.2019

    By aligning land restoration commitments countries could bring more degraded land back to health, according to a new IUCN report launched today at the ongoing Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in New Delhi.

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EPIC Thailand Photo: Camille Buyck

Environment and Disasters

Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of climate-related hazards Nature-based solutions can help communities prepare for, cope with, and recover from disasters.

 

Moyan Brenn CC BY 2.0 Photo: Moyan Brenn CC BY 2.0

Global Island Partnership

Work together to build resilient and sustainable island communities by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments and facilitating collaboration for all islands.

 

Mekong Floods 2008 Photo: Rob McWilliam

Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation

Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation, or Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) involves a wide range of ecosystem management activities to increase the resilience and reduce the vulnerability of people and the environment to climate change.

 

canaima national park venezuela Photo: @ Rebecca Miller

Red List of Ecosystems

Since the state of conservation of ecosystems is constantly changing, the reality is that a red list represents the equivalent to a photograph of an ecosystem's risk of collapsing at the time of its assessment.

 

Quick reads

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

Issues Brief - Drylands and climate change Photo: IUCN

Drylands and Climate Change

Drylands are ecosystems, such as rangelands, grasslands and woodlands, which occupy over 40% of the terrestrial surface, and are characterised by high temporal and spatial rainfall variability....
thumbnail_conserving healthy soils issues brief Photo: IUCN

Conserving healthy soils

The health of soils is dependent on the mix of living organisms they contain, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, insects, worms, other invertebrates and vertebrates. This variety of organisms...
thumbnail_iucn_issues_cc_peatlands Photo: thumbnail_iucn_issues_cc_peatlands

Peatlands and climate change

Peatlands are a type of wetlands that occur in almost every country on Earth, currently covering 3% of the global land surface. The term ‘peatland’ refers to the peat soil and the wetland habitat...
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