Thematic Communities

PANORAMA promotes solutions across multiple, inter-linked thematic communities. Each thematic community is coordinated by one or several PANORAMA partner organizations. Find out more below, and delve into the solution examples of each thematic community.

Protected areas

Helping countries and communities designate and manage systems of protected areas on land and in the oceans has been at the core of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s work for decades. The Global Protected Areas Programme, together with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), leads these activities.

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Marine and coastal

The sustainable use and conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity is a priority for action under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). To support practitioners and policy makers in improving the management of marine and coastal biodiversity, the Blue Solutions Initiative is partnering with a range of organizations and programmes, including the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the CBD, to facilitate global knowledge exchange and capacity development.

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Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) is a nature-based solution that is gaining significant importance in the context of climate change and biodiversity conservation policies. EbA (a) helps people adapt to climate change (b) by an active use of biodiversity and ecosystem services, (c) in the context of an overall adaptation strategy (CBD 2009). This portal is coordinated by the IKI funded Global Project Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation, implemented by GIZ as part of the International EbA Community of Practice.

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Sustainable agriculture

Agriculture and biodiversity

Unsustainable agricultural practices remain one of the greatest threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. As the world population grows and climate change continues to threaten livelihoods, we have to find agricultural production methods that support farmers and the environment we all rely on.

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Business engagement

Business activities are an important driver for the loss of biodiversity, but business also depend on nature and the goods and services it provides to operate. Therefore, business has a responsibility to adopt good practices to reduce their environmental footprint and promote the sustainable use of resources, as well as to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.  

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Sustainable Urban Development and Resilience

Rapid urbanisation is a defining characteristic of the Anthropocene. Cities are home to over half of humanity and account for disproportionately large shares of global carbon emissions and natural resource consumption. They are on the frontline of the struggle to adapt to climate change and reduce disaster risk, and central to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Jointly coordinated by the World Bank and IUCN, this thematic community seeks to inform and inspire action to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of our collective urban future.

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OUR PLACE World Heritage Collection


Nature-Culture focuses on sharing case studies where the interlinkages between nature conservation and the safeguarding of cultural heritage are crucial for the effective management and sustainable development of heritage places. It presents place-based and people-centered approaches which highlight the relationship of nature and culture and provide a source of exchange between World Heritage properties, heritage places and practitioners. The thematic community is coordinated by the joint ICCROM and IUCN World Heritage Leadership programme and the secretariat of ICOMOS International.

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