News | 14 Nov, 2023

IUCN Director General appoints the IUCN Green List Panel

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) are delighted to announce the appointment of the new Chair and Panel for the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas.

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The Green List Panel makes decisions on which sites meet the requirements of the IUCN Green List Standard and are included in the IUCN Green List.  It considers nominations for the listing of sites following a full assessment, technical review and process review, on the recommendations of the Expert Assessment Groups (EAGL) in each country or jurisdiction where the Green List Standard is being applied.

The new Chair of the IUCN Green List Panel is Mrs Darlene Upton of Parks Canada. The newly appointed members of the Panel are:

  • Mrs Julia Miranda Londoño (Colombia)
  • Mr Pedro Solano (Perú)
  • Ms Heritiana (Tiana) Raharitsimba Rahagalala (Madagascar)
  • Ms Marie-Eve Marchand (Canada)
  • Dr Rudolf (Ruedi) Haller (Switzerland)
  • Ms Listya Kasumawardhani (Indonesia)
  • Dr Russell Reichelt (Australia)
  • Dr Chunquan Zhu (People’s Republic of China)
  • Mr John Morrison (United States of America)

The appointment of the Panel follows a strategic governance and management review of the IUCN Green List conducted in early 2023. 

The Green List Panel is a geographically and culturally diverse group of experts who are recognised for their deep knowledge of nature conservation and protected and conserved areas governance and management. They are expected to deliberate on the recommendations before them to ensure the highest integrity of the listing of those sites that meet the criteria for Green-Listing. In their role, they are expected to maintain impartiality and to declare any conflict of interests in their decisions.

Green-listed Sites are those that meet the rigorous IUCN Green List Standard regarding its four components: Design and Planning, Equitable Governance, Effective Management and Achieving Conservation Outcomes. The process of assessment and evaluation is used to identify areas of strength and potential weaknesses in the effectiveness of sites so that their custodians can build the necessary capacity to create and maintain sites to achieve their desired biodiversity and social outcomes.

Learn more about the IUCN Green List here.