Read the November 2017 update: From Africa to Asia, through Europe, Oceania and South America, the IUCN Green List programme is actively engaging with IUCN government and NGO Members, Commission Members, and partners. Protected area agency staff, volunteer members of Expert Assessment groups for the Green List (EAGLs), and NGO staff, are receiving training in Green List implementation.
IUCN Green List Standard approved by IUCN Council: IUCN prepares for a new wave of ‘Green List’ conservation success (November 2017)
Xianju and IUCN make historic collaboration agreement (November 2017)
View our latest IUCN Green List brochure! (September 2017)
Gran Paradiso National Park: Il Parco nella Green list: le motivazioni del riconoscimento (September 2017)
- Explore IUCN Green List sites on Protected Planet, the World Database on Protected Areas (September 2017)
- Measuring sustainable tourism and the IUCN Green List at the 6th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism (July 2017)
- Recognising and Inspiring Conservation Success in Natura 2000: Launch of the LIFE Green List for Natura 2000 Project (July 2017)
- Iroise, the jewel of France's west coast (June 2017)
- Iroise, le trésor de mer (Juin 2017) en français
- Ol Pejeta – Improving Community Livelihoods through Conservation (May 2017)
- The Art of Conservation - An IUCN Green List Training event builds momentum for effective protected and conserved areas in China (May 2017)
Protected areas are a universal approach to nature conservation, present in all countries, for both land and sea. Conserving nature is essential for the future of humanity by securing the persistence of natural diversity that supports human life. Well-governed, well-designed and well-managed protected areas are our most effective tool for conserving nature, and provide a wide range of ecological, socio-economic, cultural and spiritual benefits.
The IUCN Green List Standard and its supporting implementation programme aims to encourage, achieve, and promote effective, equitable and successful protected areas in all partner countries and jurisdictions. The overarching objective of the programme is to increase the number of protected and conserved areas that are effectively and equitably managed and deliver conservation outcomes.
This high-level objective will be reached through a set of underlying objectives:
- To ensure that the IUCN Green List Standard provides a suitable measure for strengthening conservation outcomes and improving equitable and effective management of protected and conserved areas
- To position the IUCN Green List Standard programme as an accessible channel for conservation capacity-development for protected and conserved areas
- To promote collaboration and investment in implementing effective and equitable conservation management in protected and conserved areas committed to the IUCN Green List Standard.
At the heart of the IUCN Green List Standard programme is the globally applicable Standard. It describes a set of Components, Criteria, and Indicators for successful conservation in protected areas and thereby provides an international benchmark for quality that motivates improved performance and achievement of conservation objectives. By committing to meet this standard, site managers seek to demonstrate and maintain performance and deliver real nature conservation results.
The objective of the Standard is:
To encourage protected and conserved areas to measure, improve and maintain their performance through globally consistent criteria that benchmark good governance, sound design and planning, effective management, and successful conservation outcomes.
Overview of the main elements of the IUCN GLPCA Theory of Change
- The Green List Standard
- The Standard implementation and User Manual
- The Green List areas
- Fair Finance for Effective Conservation
And Explore IUCN Green List sites on Protected Planet
If you wish to learn more about how to join the Green List programme, contact Deviah Aiama.
To contact the WCPA Green List Specialist Group Leader, write Marc Hockings.
More Green List web pages:
- La Liste Verte (Comité Français)
- The Green List page on the PAPACO website (English), with a video of Béatrice Chataigner explaining the Green List (in French).
- Read 'The Green List and Climate Change' by Deviah Aiama
- View the Green List events at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016