CASD draws on science to enhance our understanding of the links between species diversity and ecosystem functions. It engages in enhancing management effectiveness of conservation areas – ranging from Community Managed Areas to World Heritage sites and national parks.
The programme works at multiple levels – influencing policy and other institutional frameworks as well as carrying out direct field actions. The thematic programme also contributes to building the capacity of IUCN Members and partners, as well as the Secretariat to understand and implement relevant international conventions including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

This is the foundation of IUCN’s work in the region and is particularly important in Africa where the governance and sustainable management of natural resources is an important element of daily life.

For more information, please contact:

Leo Niskanen, Technical Coordinator, Conservation Areas and Species Diversity. Email: