Nature Conservation

Nature, in all its diversity, provides our food, secures our water supplies, protects us from hazards, and supports our health. It contributes directly to local livelihoods and global economic development. Moreover, nature provides recreation and inspiration. Yet, despite its fundamental importance for life on this planet, no other feature on Earth is so dramatically influenced by human activities. By changing nature, we strongly affect human wellbeing and the wellbeing of every other living creature.

Learning Resources

Taking thoughtful actions to conserve nature starts with learning about nature and valuing it. These classroom-friendly resources equip young people with the knowledge to recognize nature’s vital role.


IUCN’s Call to Action

In this call to action, IUCN reminds the world of the urgent need for action to shape a just world that values and conserves nature. Length: 1:56 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Animal Migration

In the animal kingdom, moving means surviving. Across the globe, they fly, swim, walk, or drift to find food, better climates, or places to breed, and their movements are part of a bigger cycle that affects us all. Get a glimpse of some of these amazing journeys in this IUCN/National Geographic Society collaboration. Length: 1:19 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Love. Not Loss.

This video presents a new biodiversity message. It challenges communicators to talk about nature in terms that people want to listen to. Length: 3:26 minutes. Source: IUCN.

How to Tell a Love Story

Struggling to get people to care about conservation or climate change? Having problems communicating about biodiversity? Find out how you can help re-connect people and nature using Love not Loss. Length: 3:17 minutes. Source: IUCN.

This Is Not Just a Frog

We share the planet with 13 million living species. This rich biodiversity provides us with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital services we depend upon. We are part of nature and we have the power to protect or destroy it. Length: 0:32 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Why Is Biodiversity So Important?

In this animated lesson, Kim Preshoff details how biodiversity is key to making our ecosystem strong in the face of change. Length: 4:19 minutes. Source: TEDEd.

The IUCN Red List: Guiding Conservation for 50 years

In the realm of biodiversity conservation, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is far more than a list. Instead, it not informs and promotes action, which is critical to protecting the natural resources needed for survival. By 2020, IUCN hopes to assess 160,000 species or more, making the IUCN Red List a comprehensive “Barometer of Life.” Length: 3:42 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Stop the Burning

30 global leaders send a collective messages to end deforestation. Length: 9:13 minutes. Source: Avoided Deforestation Partners.

Youth Voices at the Nature Olympics

Young conservation leaders meeting at the IUCN Conservation Congress call for increased involvement on conservation efforts. Length: 2:59 minutes. Source: IUCN.