IUCN networks and its Global Secretariat can provide businesses with technical assistance and information on a range of conservation issues. Potential forms of assistance include expert advice, access to technical publications, and training.

In addition to its established strengths, IUCN is developing new capacities that are highly relevant to how businesses can support biodiversity conservation. Those avenues include IUCN’s growing expertise and emerging knowledge networks on the economic and social dimensions of conservation. That knowledge can help businesses manage both the social and environmental aspects of their activities. Specific areas of new expertise include:

  • Integrating conservation priorities into poverty reduction and development strategies
  • Supporting increased coherence between international trade and environmental policies
  • Developing policy and practices to implement ecosystem approaches  
  • Developing market-based incentives for conservation, such as payments for ecosystem services plans