The IUCN Green List journey continues in Italy

The newly formed Expert Assessment Group for the Green List (EAGL) for Italy - composed of 14 members with diverse expertise on protected area and biodiversity governance and management effectiveness - begins scaling-up the Green List in Italy in 2019. Italy was involved in the pilot phase of the IUCN Green List, with Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso achieving Green List Status in 2014 at the IUCN World Parks Congress.

Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

The Expert Assessment Group for the Green List (EAGL) for Italy had their Green List evaluation and process training in Rome on 21st and 22nd of January 2019. The training was conducted jointly by IUCN’s Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and Assurance Services International. The EAGL is hosted and coordinated by Federparchi (Italian Federation of Parks and Nature Reserves) and WWF Italy – the IUCN Green List Implementing Partners in Italy.

The EAGL is composed of 14 national experts selected by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) following a public call for interest. Members have a diversity of expertise, including from terrestrial and marine ecology, protected area management, environmental and agricultural economics, environmental management and sciences, and landscape architecture and conservation planning.

The EAGL was trained on the IUCN Green List programme, including the IUCN Green List Standard, User Manual and COMPASS (internal data management system) platform on the first day. On the second day, the first important task of the EAGL was accomplished well - the adaptation of the IUCN Green List Standard indicators to the Italian context. The adapted indicator list will soon be published for public consultation, please stay tuned.

The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas is the first global standard of best practice for area-based conservation. It is a programme of certification for protected and conserved areas – national parks, natural World Heritage sites, community conserved areas, nature reserves and so on – that are effectively managed and fairly governed. 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.

EAGLs are the expert bodies set up within a jurisdiction (e.g. a country or region within a country). The primary tasks of the EAGLs are to ensure that the Indicators and Means of Verification of the IUCN Green List Standard are adapted (where necessary), to properly reflect the intent of the IUCN Green List Standard in their jurisdiction, and to effectively evaluate protected and conserved areas against the Standard.

For further information about Italy and the IUCN Green List, contact Carla Danelutti.

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