Well-managed protected areas not only conserve nature, but provide a wealth of essential ‘ecosystem services’ that benefit people and provide solutions to global challenges such as water and food security, human health and welfare, and climate change.

The IUCN Green List of well-managed protected areas is a global initiative that celebrates the success of effective protected areas and encourages other protected area to reach high standards. More effectively managed protected areas means greater benefits for people and nature.

The IUCN Green List will reward innovation, excellence and endeavour while measuring progress towards effective and equal management of protected areas.
 
Benefits for protected area managers and agencies include international recognition, increased political and financial support, motivation to meet and maintain high management standards, acknowledgement of benefit sharing for local communities, recognition from the tourism industry and more.