Our priorities: 2021-2024

Coral reef coastal ecosystem, American SamoaPhoto: Shaun Wolfe / Ocean Image Bank


The IUCN Oceania region is large and diverse, from small pacific islands to large countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Its Member countries cover the spectrum from developed to developing in their evolution.

Across the region challenges such as climate change are common, recognising that impacts may vary. Additionally, there are some challenges which are particular to geographic areas, cultures, evolution of economic development and institutional capacity.


IUCN Oceania works through three thematic areas:


  • Valuing and conserving nature, enhances IUCN’s heartland work on biodiversity conservation, emphasizing both tangible and intangible values of nature,

  • Deploying Nature-based Solutions to address societal challenges 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 and recognises the important connection between healthy ecosystems and physical, mental, social and spiritual health.

  • Promoting and supporting effective and equitable Governance of natural resources consolidates IUCN’s work on people-nature relations, rights and responsibilities, and the political economy of nature.