Pioneering nature-based solutions to global challenges

Today the world faces enormous challenges such as tackling climate change and ensuring food, nutrition and water security.

Nature can play a strong role in tackling these challenges. Nature’s solutions are at our fingertips, they are cost-effective and we know how to implement them.

IUCN pioneered nature-based solutions at the UN climate negotiations. We continue to promote them to mitigate and adapt to climate change, secure water, food and energy supplies, reduce poverty and drive economic growth.

Around the world we are working with governments, the private sector and communities to put the latest science and knowledge into practice. We are helping to restore forests, rivers and wetlands, and bring our oceans back to life.

We know that well managed, healthy and diverse ecosystems and the biological resources they encompass are critical for a healthy, safe and prosperous world.


    urban river and recreation

    Tapping Nature’s solutions for sustainable urban development

    By Chantal van Ham of IUCN’s European Union Representative Office, Brussels. …  

    01 Oct 2012 | Article
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    Forest landscape restoration

    Restoring forest landscapes around the world: new videos show the way

    IUCN experts attending the 10th United Nations Forum on Forests this week are showcasing how countries can restore forests and generate many benefits for people, nature and the economy. …  

    10 Apr 2013 | Article

    Garba Tula drylands project, Kenya

    Action Plan to boost visibility of the world's drylands

    10 July 2013 – Caux, Switzerland. The heads of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today signed an agreement aimed at drawing global attention to the value of drylands and their threatened status as ecosystems. …  

    10 Jul 2013 | News story

    Shebenik-Jabllanicë National Park, Albania

    Putting protected areas to work to address global challenges

    Speech by IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre at the Central European University’s “Effectiveness of Protected Areas” conference, Budapest, 15 November 2012 …  

    28 Nov 2012 | IUCN statement