Forests and woodlands are critical for both human well-being and biodiversity in this region. They contribute to socio-economic development through trade in timber and non-timber forest products such as medicinal plants. They also contribute important environmental services such as the protection of water sources and carbon storage.

The vision of the Forest and Woodlands Conservation Programme is to bridge the environment and development agendas in pursuit of a just world that values and conserves the forest goods and services on which people depend.

The Programme’s framework draws upon IUCN growing recognition of the dynamics, complexities and links between biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It is informed by a thorough assessment of the key challenges and transformation needs to better understand the relationship between livelihoods, sustainable forest management, improved forest goods and services and the economies as a whole.

The forest programme strategic areas are: (i) Restoration and maintenance of Forest related species diversity and ecosystem functions; (ii) Livelihood security, equality and sustainability of development at local, national and regional levels; (iii) Enhanced capacities of actors and groups influencing forest and woodland species and ecosystems; and (iv) enhance institutional frameworks including polices and forest, governance.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Wild, Technical Coordinator – People & Landscapes Programme,  Email: