ICEE, India, Photo: Dominic Stucker, 2007

Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (IPS)

Goal and Scope

The central goal of Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (IPS) is to contribute to enhancing current and emerging leadership - especially within and through the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - to help address complex global challenges, especially climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty, and gender inequity.

IPS is a model of collaboration based on “respect and care for the community of life,” the Earth, and future generations. It consists of exchange of experiences and new ideas, collaboration, and action between women and men of different generations and cultures, working toward the common vision of a "just, sustainable, and peaceful world" (Earth Charter, 2000 and IUCN Resolution 4.098).

Learn more about our recent achievements related to the 2012 World Conservation Congress.


The benefits of engaging in intergenerational partnership include:
  • improved communication and understanding between different generations
  • sustaining the values in society, while allowing flexibility for change
  • enhanced sustainability decision-making
  • improved intergenerational equity
  • better outcomes on sustainability projects

Furthermore, our Buddy Experiment showed that participants valued the new inspiration, ideas, and cross-cultural understanding; capacity building, skills development, and increased confidence; and work on a joint project that they gained from the experience.


Intergenerational partnership takes on many forms, including:
  • pairs of individuals from different generations in a "buddy" relationship, whether in civil society, academia, business, or government
  • supporting young people to engage in pertinent scholarship and providing a platform for disseminating and applying their research
  • young people interning in NGOs, governments, businesses
  • young people being included in NGO and/or country delegations in global governance processes for sustainability
  • youth organizations consulting and working in collaboration with seniors on projects, programs, etc.
  • networks / organizations from different generations co-managing sustainable development and peace building projects
  • local and indigenous communities in which exchange and learning is encouraged and practiced between generations
  • parents and children living intergenerational partnership within and through their family

Read about current activities.

IPS Task Force Co-Conveners

Arch Rastogi, Canada / India
Member, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

Catie Burlando, Italy / Canada
Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) Steering Committee
Convener, CEESP Emerging Young Leaders Network

Dominic Stucker, United States / Germany
Member, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
Member, 2016 World Conservation Congress Executive Committee

Grace Mwaura, Kenya / United Kingdom
Member, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
Member, 2016 World Conservation Congress Executive Committee
Former IUCN Councillor

Melanie Zurba, Canada
Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP)

Rebecca Koss, Australia
Member, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
Co-leader for the 2014 World Parks Congress "Inspiring a New Generation" Stream

Shalini Dhyani, India
Convener, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) Young Professionals Network

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