Little girl, daughter of a fisherman in the Natural Reserve Padre Ramos, Nicaragua

What is the IUCN Programme?

The IUCN Programme provides the framework for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the conservation work undertaken by the Commissions and the Secretariat with and on behalf of IUCN Members.
The IUCN Programme 2013-2016 was approved by Member organizations at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress in September 2012 in Jeju, South Korea.

The 2013-2016 Programme was developed as a result of a five-month consultation process across IUCN Members and Commissions. The French and Spanish versions will be uploaded soon.

Working for people and nature

The IUCN Programme 2013–2016 aims to mobilize communities working for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and poverty reduction in common efforts to halt biodiversity loss and apply nature-based solutions to conserve biodiversity, enhance resilience, strengthen equity, reduce poverty and so improve the wellbeing of people on this planet.

The Programme builds upon IUCN’s niche as the world’s authority on biodiversity conservation, nature-based solutions and related environmental governance. It has three Programme Areas:

1. Valuing and Conserving Nature enhances IUCN’s heartland work on biodiversity conservation, emphasizing both tangible and intangible values of nature.

2. Effective and Equitable Governance of Nature’s Use consolidates IUCN’s work on people-nature relations, rights and responsibilities, and the political economy of nature.

3. Deploying Nature-based Solutions to Global Challenges in Climate, Food and Development expands IUCN’s work on nature’s contribution to tackling problems of sustainable development, particularly in climate change, food security and social and economic development.

IUCN's three priority programme areas

Who implements the Programme?

The Programme is implemented through the combined force of the Secretariat (1,000 staff in global thematic programmes and nine regional programmes) working together with six IUCN Commissions, with more than 15,000 members who provide critical knowledge for Programme implementation.

Under the One Programme Charter adopted by Council in May 2011, the 1,200 State, government and NGO Members of IUCN contribute where there is alignment with the IUCN Programme. The Programme relies on impact indicators for biodiversity, people and nature, and nature and development.