News | 02 Aug, 2023

Galápagos National Park Begins Journey Towards Prestigious IUCN Green List Certification

The Galápagos National Park has embarked on a momentous endeavor as it sets its sights on achieving certification on the prestigious International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List.

With an expanse of approximately 7,970 square kilometers, encompassing its terrestrial marvels, the Galápagos National Park is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, diverse and unique species, volcanic origins, ever-changing geological dynamics, and status as a living laboratory of ongoing evolutionary processes. This extraordinary habitat has nurtured an impressive array of animal and plant species found nowhere else on Earth, making it a site of unparalleled global significance in safeguarding our planet's shared heritage.

The Galápagos National Park's aspiration to secure a place on the IUCN Green List reflects its unwavering commitment to enhancing its protected areas. This commendable pursuit involves meeting stringent criteria to be recognized among a select group of sites worldwide that excel in conservation and management practices.

The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas is a globally recognized standard that seeks to elevate the performance of these vital ecosystems. By encouraging effective preservation measures, the Green List strives to conserve nature's wonders and ensure that communities derive maximum benefits from their natural surroundings. In harmony with the IUCN's mission to create a just world that values and safeguards nature, the Green List Standard aims to achieve not only ecological but also social, economic, and cultural goals.

At its core, the Green List stands as a beacon of success, highlighting exemplary governance, thoughtful design, meticulous planning, and efficient management of Protected Areas. Adhering to these rigorous standards demonstrates the Galápagos National Park's dedication to sustainability and responsible stewardship of its unique ecological heritage.

Ecuador's decision to pursue Green List certification underscores the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition's proactive approach to fortifying its conservation efforts continually. This significant stride towards the Green List is a testament to Ecuador's commitment to joining the ranks of exceptional areas worldwide, setting high benchmarks for conservation management.

As the Galápagos National Park embarks on its journey towards the coveted Green List certification, the world eagerly anticipates witnessing the further preservation and protection of this remarkable natural treasure, securing a sustainable future for generations to come.

For those eager to learn more about the IUCN Green List and its invaluable contributions to global conservation, visit our website or reach out to Zornitza Aguilar, Oficial Senior Protected and Conserved Areas and Green List Unit at the IUCN Regional Office for South America: /