IUCN’s vision is a just world that values and conserves nature. The IUCN Programme 2013–2016 is driven by two features of life today: Global production and consumption patterns are destroying our life support system – nature – at persistent and dangerously high rates. And people, communities, governments and private actors are underutilizing the potential power of nature and the solutions it can provide to global challenges in fields such as climate change, food security, and social and economic development. IUCN terms these nature based solutions.
Well into the UN Decade of Biodiversity and the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020, 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 IUCN programme to realise this vision is organised into three Programme Areas, as in the diagram below.
IUCN will reach these three objectives through work with the global IUCN member network and its partners, with the following actions.
- Valuing and conserving nature – IUCN will develop and use its world-class knowledge on biodiversity, and its associated tools and planning standards, to influence policy and action on the ground.
- Effective and equitable governance of nature’s use – IUCN will consolidate its experience from working with people and institutions, addressing how public and private decisions on nature and ecosystems affect biodiversity and livelihoods. This will lead to a set of principles, standards and tools for nature-related rights, responsibilities, governance and equity.
- Deploying nature-based solutions to climate, food and development – IUCN will apply its knowledge to sustainable development, empowerment and poverty reduction. This specialization will allow IUCN, in partnerships with others, to address a wide range of global development challenges.
By achieving these objectives, the Congress will communicate the most compelling and inspiring solutions to global challenges, position protected areas in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and reach new commitments and capacity for implementation across conservation, development and business sectors.