COVID-19 resources

This page collects IUCN resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the relationship between nature and human health.

IUCN responses to COVID-19

Nature-based recovery initiative

By capitalizing on the Union’s strengths, IUCN advocates for nature-based recovery investments .

IUCN Statement on COVID-19

Also available in French and Spanish.

Questions and answers: COVID-19 and nature conservation

IUCN Congress – new dates


COVID-19 fallout undermining nature conservation efforts - The pandemic has significantly impacted nature conservation around the globe according to a collection of research papers published in a special issue of PARKS, the journal of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. (March 2021)

Urgent Needs for Global Wildlife Health - Zenodo. Machalaba, Catherine, Uhart, Marcela, Kock, Richard, Diaz, Francois, & Karesh, William B. (October 2020).

COVID‐19 and protected and conserved areas – IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, PARKS Journal 26.1, Editorial essay

The Effect of COVID 19 on Mountain Protected Areas - IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Mountain Specialist Group

Gender-based violence and environment linkages during COVID-19 - IUCN Global Programme on Governance and Rights (2nd edition, November 2020)


IUCN’s advice to the World Heritage Committee following the COVID-19 pandemic - IUCN World Heritage Programme

Guidelines for Working with Free-Ranging Wild Mammals in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic – IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group

IUCN indigenous Members’ solutions and challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis - IUCN Global Programme on Governance and Rights and IUCN Members from Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations


Great apes, COVID-19 and the SARS CoV-2 - Joint Statement of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Primate Specialist Group Section on Great Apes

The Business Case for Conservation – reflections at the time of COVID-19 – Perspective from Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, CEO of IUCN Member organisation Nature Seychelles

Environmental Rule of Law: Pandemics Now and the Next Time in the Americas – Perspective from Claudia S. de Windt, member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law steering committee

Conserving Nature in a time of crisis: Protected Areas and COVID-19 - IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

CEESP and COVID19: A Call to Action - Note from Kristen Walker Painemilla, Chair of IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (Spanish)

CEC and COVID-19: Message from the Chair - Message from Sean Southey, Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (French and Spanish versions below the English)

Crossroads Blog 

It is Time for a Global Wildlife Health Authority - post by experts of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group

Quarantining also means caring for our great ape relatives – post by Elizabeth L. Bennett of the Wildlife Conservation Society


Regional responses

A call to place nature at the centre of development strategies in the Western Balkans - IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Resilient responses to pandemic impacts - report by IUCN Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean 

Building Resilience for Nature and People - IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa COVID-19 Response

A Green Recovery in Europe will also need to scale up Nature Based Solutions - IUCN European Regional Office


Coronavirus Photo: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS.



Wildlife Disease Management is a key factor in preventing outbreaks like COVID-19 from happening again - IUCN Save Our Species and Integrated Tiger Habitat Programme

Focus on COVID-19: CEESP and our efforts during the crisis - IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

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Other resources

One Health Initiative

IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group website

IUCN WCPA Health and Well-being Specialist Group web page

#NatureForAll Discovery Zone - New, searchable database of environmental education resources for families, teachers, and people of all ages that can help connect people with and learn about nature wherever they may be. 

Healthy People in a Healthy Environment Key Directions Statement - IUCN National Committee Australia





Grants available through IUCN are posted here.


As a part of IUCN Save Our Species’ African Wildlife initiative, funded by the European Union, we are inviting proposals for Rapid Action Grants targeting terrestrial or freshwater threatened species in South Africa.

  • They are designed to enable immediate responses to new and emerging threats.
  • Rapid Action Grants are now also open to projects responding to threats linked to COVID-19 crisis and its consequences.

Apply now

Rapid Action Grants (now closed) targeting terrestrial or freshwater threatened species in continental Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar  (except South Africa).


Africa, Caribbean and Pacific  

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Rapid Response Grants (now closed), managed by IUCN on behalf of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and the European Union (EU), is expected to fund approximately 60 projects, with a total budget of 2 million Euros.

The Rapid Response Grants will address negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the management and governance of protected areas, while strengthening the resilience of local communities in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.


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