49 areas in 15 countries
By giving recognition to well-managed and well-governed protected and conserved areas, the IUCN Green List aims to increase the number of natural areas delivering long-lasting conservation results for people and nature.
How it works
Sites join the IUCN Green List by committing to achieving its standard. They become certified once they demonstrate a high bar of environmental and social performance. The IUCN Green List Standard addresses four themes: good governance, sound design and planning, effective management, and positive conservation outcomes.
The time from application to certification depends on the management quality of the site at the time of application. Sites choose when they are ready for evaluation, and have up to a maximum of five years to achieve certification, which is valid for a five year period. During that time, sites are regularly evaluated and reviewed against a set of demanding criteria. Enrolled sites therefore benefit from expert guidance on how to improve their performance and impacts. They also become part of a network, fostering exchange and learning among conservation practitioners.
- Lista Verde de Áreas Protegidas y Conservadas de la UICN (IUCN South America regional office)
- La Liste Verte (Comité Français)
- The IUCN Green List page on the PAPACO website (English), with a video of Béatrice Chataigner explaining the Green List (in French).
For more detailed information about the IUCN Green List, please visit our new, dedicated website (currently in test phase) at www.iucngreenlist.org