IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Asia Regional Office
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is the world?s largest and most important conservation network. IUCN brings together 82 States, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. IUCN's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
IUCN in Asia, was formed in the beginning of 2003 to better reflect, and deliver, an ecosystems and livelihoods approach to nature conservation ? one that is based on simultaneously improving both the socio-economic and environmental situation of the region.
1. The Ecosystem and Livelihoods Group (ELG) of IUCN: The essence of the way in which ELG works is to maximize the positive influences of people?s livelihoods on ecosystems and of ecosystems on people?s livelihoods.
2. Regional Forest Programme: The Asia Regional Forest Programme is one of the oldest regional thematic programmes in Asia. It was established in 1997. Its goal is, in line with IUCN?s global FCP, the maintenance and, where necessary, restoration of forest ecosystems to promote conservation and sustainable management of forests, and equitable distribution of a wide range of forest goods and services.
3. The Regional Protected Area Program (RPAP) was established in 2001. It focuses on the overall goal to ensure that PAs in the region effectively contribute to sustainable development and poverty alleviation, while fulfilling their biodiversity conservation objectives for the benefit of local communities and society as a whole, by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and competence of managers, planners, and decision makers.
4. The Regional Wetlands and Water Resources Programme (RWWP) for Asia follows IUCN?s global objectives by working through facilitating dialogues, raising awareness and building capacity, and disseminating knowledge and information. Poverty alleviation and promotion of sustainable livelihoods is gradually playing an increasingly important role in RWWP?s work.