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The fulfilment of IUCN’s mission requires the Union to address and effectively integrate key social issues in its conservation programmes.

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Social justice, equity, transparency and inclusion are vital to achieving IUCN’s vision and mission. Rights-based and socially inclusive approaches to conservation are fundamental for effective natural resource management and its contribution to human wellbeing and biodiversity.

In advancing this work in conservation, IUCN focusses on these key areas:


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  • Rivers as lifelines, West Africa Photo: ©Shutterstock/QuickShot

    Le bassin du Tchad, une source de vie pour l'homme, la nature et la paix

    04.10.2019

    Le Bassin du Tchad, focalisé autour du Lac Tchad, couvre près de 8% du continent africain et abrite plus de 30 millions de personnes. Plus de la moitié de cette population vit de l'agriculture, de l'élevage et de la pêche grâce à ce bassin. Pourtant, il a...

  • Landscape of Guilin, China Photo: ©Shutterstock/Aphotostory

    BRIDGE: Hydrodiplomacy in Action

    30.09.2019

    Globally, over 310 lake and river basins stretch across national borders. Around 60% of those lack any type of cooperative management framework. Good transboundary water management is crucial for peace, security, economic development and environmental...

  • Samburu women group working to market community beadwork artifacts Biodiversity thrives in the care of indigenous communities, and integrating their insights into conservation is proving indispensable. Photo: Chris Peken

    IUCN Director General’s Statement on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2019

    09.08.2019

    We cannot achieve conservation and wellbeing for people and planet unless we respect and value the rights of indigenous peoples. For centuries, indigenous peoples across the world have preserved much of Earth’s biodiversity. At this precipice of history,...

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Women in Community Garden, Uganda Photo: Maggie Roth

Gender equality and women's empowerment

Gender equality and equity are matters of fundamental human rights and social justice, as well as a pre-condition for sustainable development. IUCN is committed to furthering gender equality and equity in order to build a Union that understands the importance of equal opportunity and...
Indigenous people Photo: Colectivo Sinestesia - UICN América del Sur

Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples hold and manage a significant part of the Earth’s most biodiverse regions and play a vital role in conserving lands, seas and resources. They cultivate strong economic, cultural and spiritual relationships with their natural environments and have developed and often...
Producers clubs in Mozambique practice climate-smart agriculture Photo: Maria Ana Borges

Governance and Rights-based Approaches

Securing rights and sharing power and responsibilities through strengthened natural resource governance benefits both people and biodiversity.  Effective and equitable governance is a necessary foundation for a just world that values and conserves nature and contributes to the achievement...

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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Gender and climate change

Across societies the impacts of climate change affect women and men differently. Women are often responsible for gathering and producing food, collecting water and sourcing fuel for heating and...
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