The IUCN Urban Alliance

Bringing together IUCN member organizations, partners, and units of IUCN's Commissions and Secretariat active in urban conservation, the IUCN Urban Alliance was called for in a Resolution passed at the World Conservation Congress in September 2016. 

IUCN Urban Alliance, 110 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 6NF, UK, tel. +44 756 681 9578. Russell Galt, Director, russell.galt [at]

Further progress in organizing the Alliance will be reported on this page.

Note: InterEnvironment Institute serves as the secretariat of the IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group.

The Specialist Group works to strengthen the ability of the protected areas community to serve urban people, urban places, and urban institutions. It does so in cooperation with other parts of IUCN and the broader nature conservation community.

2019 goals:

  • Help implement an IUCN Resolution    sponsored by the specialist group that encourages IUCN and the international conservation community generally to give more attention to urban matters.
  • Publicize Urban Protected Areas, a volume in IUCN's Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series; arrange for more translations.
  • Encourage cooperation between urban protected areas and museums and similar institutions (Natural Neighbors).
  • Make the case for dark-sky protected areas and other means of protecting nature from artificial light (Dark Skies Advisory Group).
  • Protect natural and cultural soundscapes in protected areas.

Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group

World Commission on Protected Areas                                

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)     

This website is provided by InterEnvironment Institute, an IUCN Member since 1980, in support of the IUCN WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group and related activities. It is not an official IUCN website. The views expressed in this website and the web pages listed in it do not necessarily reflect those of IUCN or InterEnvironment Institute.


Page 1   This page
Page 2   Leadership / Origins
Page 3   Get involved / Places
Page 4   Reasons/ Urgency
Page 5   Group members
Page 6   IUCN Resolution

Page 7   Long-distance Trails