International Union for Conservation of Nature


  • Type International
  • Date of accreditation 08 Mar 2016

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) headquartered in Switzerland, is a non-profit organisation that operates internationally in over 150 countries with a wide range of members and partners, including States and government agencies, non-governmental organisations (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. Currently, IUCN has a project portfolio amounting to USD 330 million in grants. It is estimated that half of this portfolio addresses climate change adaptation issues, while 10 percent contributes to climate change mitigation through greenhouse gas emission reductions. IUCN intends to add significant value to 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 GCF to recipient countries, but also to contribute to enhancing their capacity to ensure that they have direct access to multilateral funding.

Accreditation timeline

Accreditation term 1

11 Jan 2017 - 10 Jan 2022

Accreditation date

08 Mar 2016

AMA execution date

11 Oct 2016

AMA effectiveness

11 Jan 2017

Term end date

10 Jan 2022

Accreditation term 2

12 Jan 2022 - 11 Jan 2027

Re-accreditation date

07 Oct 2021

AMA execution date

10 Jan 2022

AMA effectiveness

12 Jan 2022

Term end date

11 Jan 2027

Entity details

  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • Environmental and social risk category
    • Category C
    • Category B
    • Category A
    • Intermediation 3
    • Intermediation 2
    • Intermediation 1
  • Fiduciary standards
    • Basic
    • Project management
    • Grant award
    • On-lending/blending:
    • Loan
    • Equity
    • Guarantee
    • Blending




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Multiple countries

Global Subnational Climate Fund (SnCF Global) – Technical Assistance (TA) Facility



Improving Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities and Ecosystems in the Gandaki River Basin, Nepal


Sri Lanka

Strengthening Climate Resilience of Subsistence Farmers and Agricultural Plantation Communities residing in the vulnerable river basins, watershed areas and downstream of the Knuckles Mountain Range Catchment of Sri Lanka



TWENDE: Towards Ending Drought Emergencies: Ecosystem Based Adaptation in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Rangelands



Building livelihood resilience to climate change in the upper basins of Guatemala’s highlands

News + Stories

Mayan youth promoting nature-based solutions for sustainable agriculture in Guatemalan highlands

09 Aug 2023 / A group of 30 young people in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala, leverages sustainable agriculture and indigenous knowledge to help the local community adapt to climate change. The changing climate is drastically affecting ecosystems in the Guatemalan highlands resulting in hydrological cycle changes, increases in invasive species, and unprecedented effects on agricultural land. These changes are resulting in a lack of employment and an increase in migration, particularly for communities who depend on farming for their livelihoods.

GCF signs public-private partnership agreements to launch Global Subnational Climate Fund

23 Feb 2021 / The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has joined forces with Pegasus Capital Advisors and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in an innovative bundling of public-private financing to plug a funding gap for sub-national climate initiatives. GCF announced it has signed funding agreements with both organisations during a virtual briefing session for UN representatives in New York about the Global Subnational Climate Fund (SnCF Global), created to address a major deficit in climate finance.