IUCN and the Green List of Protected Areas

21 July 2014 | Article

Recognising and promoting excellence in protected area governance and management that achieves real conservation impact.

The aim of the new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas is to improve the quality of protected areas, through equitable governance and effective management, as a principal means to achieve conservation impact, and thereby contribute to IUCN’s mission for a just world that values and conserves nature.

Two events later this year will be pivotal to protected areas. Firstly, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be held in Republic of Korea in October, will begin to really review progress on implementation of the CBD Aichi Targets.

Secondly, the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 to be held from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia, will convene the world’s protected area experts and practitioners, with a strong theme on 'inspiring protected area solutions'. It will also focus on show-casing success – and identifying and recognizing success as the key to unlocking innovative approaches to achieve a broad range of conservation outcomes linked to and reconciling development challenges.

At both of these events, IUCN and partners will profile the new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas to encourage action, progress and reporting against commitments to biodiversity conservation targets and goals.

Ten country and regional partners are already committed, including China, Kenya, Colombia, New South Wales (Australia) and France. And several other countries are ready to commit, with initiatives coming from Mexico, Croatia, Japan, and several countries in the Amazon region. We are being strongly supported to deliver a Green List standard and an architecture that will lay the foundation for a long-term global vision of protected areas that meet their objectives, and do so in the right way. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, we are ready to offer a new IUCN Green List programme that will help shape a positive future for protected areas in the decades to come.

We hope you will be part of the story as it unfolds, and we look forward to sharing more news and updates ahead of the launch in Sydney in November – see you there!

Trevor Sandwith