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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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  • 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.

  • Photo: © Living River Association

    Fish Conservation Zones lead to stronger communities, fewer conflicts and more fish

    06.12.2018

    Fish Conservation Zones (FCZs) are areas that are closed to fishing in order to protect habitats and restore fish populations. Besides their use for conservation, FCZs can also be a valuable tool for strengthening local communities and reducing local conflict...

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