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IUCN’s mission is to achieve a just world that values and conserves nature. Our projects aim to achieve positive conservation and social outcomes, and likewise we take a proactive approach to ensuring that all of our funded grants are properly safeguarded. The Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) provides a systematic procedure to check IUCN projects for such potential adverse environmental and social impacts. This system is designed to assure that negative impacts are avoided or minimised while also promoting positive and proactive approaches. It provides systematic steps and operational tools for managing the environmental and social performance of all BIOPAMA funded projects.

The principles and standards of the ESMS are rooted in IUCN environmental and social policies and stem also from IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) resolutions.  They consolidate the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as other relevant international conventions and agreements on environmental and social issues including the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through these processes, the BIOPAMA programme contributes to achieving long term positive outcomes for both people and nature.

Learn more: Environmental and Social Management System | IUCN

In March 2022, we hosted two Information Sessions on the IUCN ESMS, in relation to the BIOPAMA Action Component’s open Calls for Proposals. You can catch up with them here.