Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group


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This website is provided by InterEnvironment Institute, an IUCN Member since 1980, in support of the IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group and related activities. It is not an official IUCN website. The views expressed in this website and the web pages listed in it do not necessarily reflect those of IUCN or InterEnvironment Institute.



The IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group is part of the World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Specialist Group works to strengthen the ability of the protected areas community to serve urban people, urban places, and urban institutions
. It does so in cooperation with other parts of IUCN and the broader nature conservation community.

2016 goals:

  • Encourage the international conservation community to give more attention to urban matters. See proposed IUCN Resolution here.
  • Publicize Urban Protected Areas, a volume in IUCN's Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series; arrange for translations.
  • Encourage cooperation between urban protected areas and museums and similar institutions. See progress here.
  • Follow up on The Promise of Sydney, the document and set of commitments resulting from the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress.
  • Prepare for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress.
  • Make the case for dark-sky protected areas and other means of protecting nature from artificial light.
  • Protect natural and cultural soundscapes in protected areas.