IUCN Urban Portal

"Conservationists must take urban people and urban places much more seriously. "

“Ours has become a planet of urban dwellers in a very short time. Already, over half of humanity lives in urban areas. Two thirds will do so in the lifetimes of most people now living on Earth.

“This trend is already having profound consequences for the environment and for people. Everywhere nature is being squeezed and people are losing contact with it. The implications are many and diverse, but they make the conservation of nature ever more urgent and often more difficult to deliver."

“The wildest and remotest places on Earth, the most imperiled species on Earth, the chain of life sustaining human life on Earth will be protected only if urban people care about nature.

… Conservationists must take urban people and urban places much more seriously. Unless they do so, they will struggle for relevance in the years to come.”

From Urban Protected Areas ... See link at left.

This is a portal to online information about activities of IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, related to urban people and urban places. 

Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

Our most recent publication:
Urban Protected Areas:
Profiles and Best Practice Guidelines


Natural Neighbors

A project of InterEnvironment Institute, co-sponsored by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN Species Survival Commission


IUCN Europe Office


Proposed IUCN Resolution (motion),

Incorporating urban dimensions of conservation into the work of IUCN

This Web site is provided by InterEnvironment Institute, an IUCN Member since 1980  www.InterEnvironment.org
E-mail: Urban [at] InterEnvironment [dot] org