Cross-cutting, Technical, Policy and Learning Support to Country Projects - Global


To promote and facilitate technical, policy and learning support on cross-cutting issues related to governance of natural resources such as rights, governance and gender.


Background and activities

This component of the project coordinates and provides a resource base for the international sub-projects.

In planning stages of the project, the IUCN-Social Policy Unit (based at IUCN - Headquarters, Switzerland) worked with partner organisations such as the International Council for Human Rights Policy (ICHRP) and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to organise various events at the 2008 World Conservation Congress in Barcelona. This included preparation of inputs, holding discussions, advocating for policy changes and coordinating dissemination of results, lessons learnt and communication materials.

The IUCN-Social Policy Unit now works to ensure that partner organisations are integrated within the regional projects and enables open communication to share lessons learnt, clear aims and targets, and important resources between the various sub-projects. In addition, the Unit works with all relevant partners and regional offices to prepare and adapt technical tools and policy and technical guidelines on key issues such as the application of rights-based approaches, good governance principles, gender equity and cultural rights.

The Social Policy Unit team also works with other major conservation organisations to enable them to integrate similar frameworks based on rights and governance approaches to promote these concepts in the field of international conservation.


As a result of dissemination of lessons learnt and the adaptation and delivery of technical and policy tools, it is expected that country-level projects and other local to international actors will have greater capacity to effectively and equitably address governance, equity, gender and cultural rights issues.

National and international policy frameworks related to protected area governance, equitable benefit sharing and sustainable livelihoods will be strengthened thanks to policy guidance from IUCN and its partners.

Through its interaction with other major conservation organizations, IUCN will help ensure the integration of governance tools and rights-based approaches across global conservation agendas.


This crucial component of the project will be led by the Project Coordinator and the Senior Adviser on Social Policy, based at IUCN-Headquarters.

ICHRP and CIFOR, which facilitated the World Conservation Congress activities, remain potential resourceful partners for the remainder of the project. The Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) , which has a Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights provides key consultancy needed for the success of the project.

In addition, IUCN and seven of its member conservation organisations have created the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights (CIHR) to improve the practice of conservation by promoting integration of human rights in conservation policy and practice. This will provide a useful platform for discussions, debates, information/resource/experience sharing on human rights in relation to conservation and help develop integrated approaches to improving natural resource governance.