IUCN operates in an increasingly complex world. With phenomena such as globalization and climate change it is obvious that traditional solutions and ways of working are no longer adequate to solve some of the challenges the region is facing in seeking to achieve sustainability.

Within the region, IUCN believes that it is important to place equal emphasis and thought into how IUCN does its work as well as what it does. Working through its Members and Commissions, IUCN therefore uses the following approaches:
 

  • Building partnerships across boundaries – Working with a broad range of actors and sectors, including public, private and civil society through equitable partnerships that enable and encourage a diversity of views, knowledge and experience.
     
  • Bridging practice-knowledge-policy links – Seeking to draw on existing or new knowledge, including local knowledge, conventional science, lessons and experiences to influence policy and practice.
     
  • Integrated, holistic and learning-oriented perspectives – Drawing on multiple disciplines to work together to use a holistic approach to find solutions.
     
  • Empowering and strengthening capacity – Ensuring that the benefits gained through our actions are sustainable in the long term. We do this using approaches that strengthen the capabilities of stakeholders to “participate in, negotiate with, influence, control and hold accountable institutions that affect their lives.”
     
  • Identifying and using opportunities for ‘scaling up’ – Thinking creatively and aiming to scale up benefits, including lessons and experiences. This involves engaging more people and communities stakeholder group and engaging more institutions, trying to enhance local-national-regional-global links. ESARO has established a strong working relationship with IUCN’s West and Central Africa Regional Office and is increasingly working at a pan-African level.