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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  • Lago di Fusini, Italy Photo: ©Shutterstock/Yevhenii Chulovskyi

    Nature-based Solutions for Water Infrastructure at your service

    25.03.2020

    'Natural water infrastructure' is not built infrastructure. Instead, it is shaped, grown, eroded or deposited by nature over time. It refers to services nature provides for free, such as mangroves protecting shorelines from storms, peatlands sequestering...

  • Girl drinking from a water tap in Bamako, Mali Photo: ©Shutterstock/Riccardo Mayer

    World Water Day 2020: Investing in water is investing in resilience

    21.03.2020

    With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, handwashing to prevent infection has become a number one priority. Yet, access to clean water for handwashing is still a luxury for many. Over 3 billion people lack basic handwashing facilities, and 1 in 3 people...

  • Fisherfolk depend on healthy mangrove forests Photo: IUCN

    IUCN Council adopts first-ever Global Standard on Nature-based Solutions

    17.02.2020

    Gland, Switzerland – The first-ever Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions has been developed by IUCN. Last week, the IUCN Council adopted the standard, clearing the way for it to be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in June.

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Herd-Kenya Photo: Herd-Kenya, Davies

Global Drylands Initiative

Drylands are found in tropical and temperate latitudes and account for 41.3% of the global terrestrial area. They can be classified into four types - dry sub-humid, semi-arid, arid and hyper-arid lands - encompassing a variety of ecosystems. The goal of the Global Drylands Initiative...
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.

 

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.

 

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...
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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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