As the only member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature with 50 years’ family planning expertise, we seek changes to conservation policy, from inside the conservation sector, to reflect the importance of reproductive health and rights. We also hold Observer Status with both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Environment Programme. We use this unique status and expertise to seek to change the narrative. We believe that removing barriers to family planning should be a priority within biodiversity and climate policy.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress was scheduled to be one of several important conservation policy events in 2020. IUCN Congress helps set the scene for later meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the next IUCN quadrennial period. Our motion “Importance for the conservation of nature of removing barriers to rights based voluntary family planning” was voted through with a landslide of States and government agencies, NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organisations, and became an IUCN resolution. We are proud to be named in the resolution and can now start work to support the IUCN Task Force that will be set up to implement the resolution.
Our recent cross-sectoral work includes the following reports:
Removing Barriers to Family Planning, Empowering Sustainable Environmental Conservation
Our paper “Removing Barriers to Family Planning, Empowering Sustainable Environmental Conservation: A Background Paper and Call for Action” summarises why removing barriers to family planning is critical for women’s and girls’ health and empowerment, and sustainable environmental conservation.
The Importance of Human Reproductive Health and Rights for Cheetah Conservation.
Population, Health and Environment conservation programmes incorporate voluntary and rights-based family planning actions, with conservation-focused sustainable livelihood interventions. They can achieve greater conservation, health and gender outcomes than single sector programmes. This paper looks at the geographical overlap of areas of family planning need, which are also a priority for cheetah conservation.