The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) headquartered in Switzerland, is a non-profit organization that operates internationally in over 150 countries with a wide range of members and partners, including States and government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientists and experts to find practical solutions to environment conservation and sustainable development challenges. It has a strong presence in countries in transition, least developed countries and small island developing States through its regional offices. Its overall programme of work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges such as climate change. IUCN does this by undertaking and supporting scientific research, managing and implementing field projects on the ground and bringing together various stakeholders to develop and improve policies, laws and best practices.

Project Value Threshold
Medium (USD 50m >total project costs and < 250 m)
Environmental and Social Risk Category
Category B (Project has mild adverse risks that would likely be reversible)

Currently, IUCN has a project portfolio amounting to US$ 330 million in grants. It is estimated that half of this portfolio addresses climate change adaptation issues, while 10 per cent contributes to climate change mitigation through greenhouse gas emission reductions. IUCN intends to add significant value to the GCF by implementing its mandate to build capacity, especially in relation to its national government and NGO members. IUCN also plans not only to work towards channelling funding from the GCF to recipient countries, but also to contribute to enhancing their capacity to ensure that they have direct access to multilateral funding.

Project Pipeline & Opportunities
Name Entities Countries Status Url
Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Reilience Program International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Marshall Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu Planned
Engagement Process

Member countries engaging with IUCN on project development will follow a 4-step process:

1. Proposal Inception PIC Member (Proponent) / IUCN discuss project priorities. National Designated Authority (NDA) requests support.
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2. Proposal Development Proponent & IUCN agree on Project Development Plan (PDP). If needed, IUCN and Proponent seek support to implement work plan. Work plan is set in motion by PIC/IUCN. Final output  is a Project Concept / Full Proposal.
3. Proposal Submission IUCN appraisal and completeness check of proposal. NDA provides ‘Letter of No Objection’. IUCN submits concept / full proposal to fund.
4. Proposal Oversight IUCN provides support and services for effective delivery. Proponent / IUCN deliver the project. Ongoing monitoring & evaluation, including reporting to the Fund.

This process applies to concept, full proposal and readiness proposals