Nature+ people & governance

Effective and equitable governance of nature’s use

People everywhere depend on nature for their well-being. From food, fuel and freshwater, to crop pollination, flood protection and climate regulation, nature provides the fundamental infrastructure needed for societies to survive and prosper.

But decisions on nature management and use are not always fair and appropriate, and nature’s benefits are not equitably shared. Richer countries and social elites are better placed to reap the benefits while poorer nations and communities bear the cost of biodiversity loss and get little or no benefit. How to strike a better balance?

Watch videos about this theme and read interviews and articles from our experts.


Gonzalo Oviedo

Nature benefits for all

What does nature+people & governance mean in simple terms? Do people share the same benefits from nature? Gonzalo Oviedo, IUCN Special Adviser for Social Policy, is addressing these questions.  …  

10 Sep 2012 | Video

H.E. Dr. Kinzang Dorji

Measuring people's happiness

H.E. Dr. Kinzang Dorji, former Prime minister of Bhutan speaks about how this small country from Asia is making big strides by keeping people happy and using it as an indicator for national growth. …  

10 Sep 2012 | Video

Donald Macintosh, Senior Advisor, Mangroves for the Future Programme

Reaping from investing in the coastal ecosystems

Donald Macintosh, Senior Advisor, Mangroves for the Future Programme talks about how investing in coastal ecosystem like the mangroves is a win-win situation for everyone as it gives a massive boost to the ecology and the economy while protecting us from natural disasters like the tsunami. …  

10 Sep 2012 | Video
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Nature Olympics day 4

Nature Olympics day four

IUCN’s World Conservation Congress is an international event, unique in its size, spirit, diversity and relevance to the urgent need to protect nature so that nature can protect us and our children. As the fourth day rolled on, new initiatives and results were announced, and new voices were given a right to be heard. …  

11 Sep 2012 | Video
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Elaine Hsiao, IUCN Commission Member

Youth Voices at the Nature Olympics

Young conservation leaders meeting at the IUCN conservation congress are calling for increased involvement on conservation efforts. …  

12 Sep 2012 | Video
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Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Nature+ people and governance - Key messages from the IUCN Congress Forum

Good governance is essential to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems that are necessary to meet the needs of people …  

12 Sep 2012 | Article
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Oscar Loayza

Empowering indigenous people in protected areas

Oscar Loayza 2012 - Bolivia …  

11 Sep 2012 | News story
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World Leaders Dialogues

Can conservation lift people out of poverty? ‘Absolutely’

The answer to the question posed in tonight’s World Leaders Dialogue: can conservation lift people out of poverty was a resounding yes as long as certain conditions are met. …  

10 Sep 2012 | News story

Sharing experiences of bottom-up planning: Integrated District Development Visions in Pakistan

Balochistan Province is rich in minerals and natural resources, but lacks strategic planning documents and has been embroiled in several internal and external conflicts. This situation presents significant challenges for sustainable development. …  

10 Sep 2012 | News story

Solomon Islands

Nature hotspots to get boost through joint EU initiative

Jeju, Korea, 10 Sept, 2012 (IUCN) – Threatened natural areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are set to benefit from a unique partnership between the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) …   | French | Spanish

10 Sep 2012 | International news release

Investment in carbon capture — lifeline to poor

Tens of thousands of people around the world are getting greater access to food because of a new investment fund. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) supports the Livelihoods Fund, which allows companies to offset their carbon footprint by investing in ecosystem restoration programmes that deliver lasting community benefits, including increased food security. …   | French | Spanish

09 Sep 2012 | News story

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Georgina Peard, Network Officer for IUCN’s Commission on Environment, Social and Economic Policy outlines why sharing nature’s benefits fairly and equitably is a priority for IUCN.