World Commission on Protected Areas

We are the premier network of 2500 experts from 140 countries that mobilizes action in science, conservation, policy, and engagement to support well managed and connected parks and other protected areas


How we engage 

The Commission develops knowledge based policy, advice and guidance on the full suite of issues surrounding protected areas through the establishment of Specialist Groups and Task Forces. We bring together global experts to find solutions for programme priorities, including global protected area standards and Best Practice Guidelines.


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  • Regulations on a turtle nesting beach, Bay Canh island, Con Dao National Park, Viet Nam Regulations on a turtle nesting beach, Bay Canh island, Con Dao National Park, Viet Nam Photo: IUCN/James Hardcastle

    Assurance for the IUCN Green List sustainability standard is required


    IUCN is now seeking to secure our assurance provider for the Green List through the next quadrennial period, 2020 to 2024. The Assurance Provider would help maintain and deliver a credible and transparent evaluation process and governance framework for the...

  • Turtle science in action Turtle science in action Photo: IUCN/Deviah Aiama

    The IUCN Green List gets down to earth and sea in Malaysia


    On the edge of Tun Mustapha Marine Park - one of Malaysia’s newest and largest marine protected areas and a Green List applicant site - WWF Malaysia, Sabah Parks and IUCN brought together representatives of Green List applicant sites to learn and share...

  • Selous Game Reserve, World Heritage, Tanzania All rivers within Selous Game Reserve belong to the Rufiji system, Tanzania's largest basin Photo: IUCN / Tilman Jaeger

    IUCN-outsourced paper finds no proof Rufiji dam project can meet Tanzania’s development needs


    A strategic environmental assessment meant to guide decisions on the Rufiji hydropower project in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve World Heritage site is completely inadequate, according to an independent technical review commissioned and issued today by IUCN....

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Discover the World's Protected Areas


Wilderness Best Practice Guidelines 25 Photo: IUCN WCPA

Best Practice Guidelines

Global Guidelines for protected area practitioners


PARKS Special Issue on OECMS June 2018 Photo: IUCN Parks Journal

The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation

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Grouper in Caribbean Marine Protected Area. Photo: Craig Dahlgren

Green List

The IUCN WCPA Green List Specialist Group will contribute to fostering an IUCN Green List Community within WCPA and across the Union that works to develop and support the IUCN Green List as a major IUCN initiative to improve the management of protected areas globally....
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Natural Solutions

THe IUCN WCPA Natural Solutions Theme promotes and develops the potential for protected areas to deliver a range of ecosystem services.


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