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Protected and conserved areas are the foundation of biodiversity conservation. They safeguard nature and cultural resources, improve livelihoods and drive sustainable development. 

IUCN works to establish best practices and standards that maximise the effectiveness of protected and conserved areas and advances justice and equity in conservation, including the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. 

In its work on protected areas and conserved areas, IUCN focusses on three key areas:


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  • Photo: IUCN/ James Hardcastle

    China’s new National Forest and Grassland Administration seeks quality and good performance

    18.12.2018

    In 2018 China has consolidated the governance of the protected areas estate through the formation of the new National Forest and Grassland Administration (NFGA). The NFGA will oversee a process of revision and standardisation or protected and conserved areas...

  • IUCN World Heritage Panel December 2017 (minus tarek) Photo: IUCN

    IUCN reviews nine new World Heritage nominations for 2019

    12.12.2018

    The IUCN World Heritage Panel met last week to evaluate site nominations proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. Proposals for seven new natural heritage sites and one ‘mixed’ natural-cultural site have been submitted by state parties, as well as...

  • ACT! 30 IUCN Young Professionals met in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Site prior to WPC 2014 Photo: Rebecca Koss

    Apply now - WCPA and CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme

    11.12.2018

    CoalitionWILD and the WCPA are accepting applications to the 2019 Global Mentorship Programme, pairing conservation veterans with emerging leaders for a 12-month intergenerational exchange. Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee by 15 January.

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