Nature 2030: A Union in action

The IUCN Programme marks the culmination of many years of deliberation across the Union. Adopted by democratic vote at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, the Nature 2030 IUCN Programme, for the first time, sets its ambition over ten years. It is a call for mobilisation to our Members, Commissions and Secretariat. This longer-term outlook aligns with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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Five priorities shape the Programme


People are central to IUCN’s Nature 2030 Programme

Nature’s contributions to people should be equitably shared, and all of humanity should be enabled to take informed, just and sustainable decisions.

Life on land is increasingly under threat.

Tackling the unprecedented challenges people and planet face as landscapes are transformed is vital to IUCN’s Nature 2030 Programme.

Life in freshwater is in crisis. 

With wetlands disappearing three times faster than forests, sustainably managing water is crucial to IUCN’s Nature 2030 Programme.

Less than 3% of the global ocean is free from human pressure. 

Conserving marine resources for the benefit of all is key to IUCN’s Nature 2030 Programme.

Climate change is harming societies, the natural world and the services that healthy nature provides.

Through our Nature 2030 Programme, IUCN will continue to monitor the impacts of climate change, and guide the conservation and restoration of ecosystems to help mitigate it.

The Programme defines broad areas of work, and sets aspirational targets as well as indicators to measure success. It will help the Union deliver for people, land, water, oceans and climate through five pathways to transformative change: recognise, retain, restore, resource and reconnect. 

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Our commitment

Over the next decade IUCN’s 1,400+ State, Government Agency, Indigenous Peoples and NGO Members, our network of 15,000+ scientists, and our Secretariat of hundreds of dedicated staff will work together towards the Nature 2030 agenda.

Through this global call to action, we commit to delivering clear and demonstrable contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals, the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together, we will build partnerships to confront the biodiversity crisis and the climate crisis, and report our progress at the next IUCN World Conservation Congress

The Union will leverage its unique structure to: generate the science-based evidence and knowledge that decisionmakers need; build trust and consensus among stakeholders; identify policy options; and, critically, foster a culture of early and sustainable implementation.

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Five pathways to transformative change


Recognise that people and planet face unprecedented challenges, the urgency with which we must act, what we must do, and the role everyone can play. We also recognise that conservation works, that nature is wonderous, and that many are already working to protect and restore it.


Retain the world’s biodiversity, and natural and cultural heritage, in key biodiversity areas and other places where diversity and traditional knowledge flourish.


Restore species populations, ecosystems and the benefits that nature provides to people, capitalising on the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.


Resource the movement by mobilising investment in nature and the people working to conserve it through finance, capacity development and generating knowledge.


Reconnect people, societies and economies to nature, and rebuild connections between fragmented habitats.