[Coral-List] Three MPAs on new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas

HARDCASTLE James James.HARDCASTLE at iucn.org
Tue Dec 9 11:13:06 EST 2014

The first three MPAs on new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas:

Gorgona Island MP, in Colombia, Iroise National Park and Cerbere-Banyuls Marine Reserve in France.

Of the 24 protected areas recognized in 23 separate awards at the IUCN World Parks Congress, Gorgona was the first of three MPAs. The other two MPAs are Cerbere-Banyuls, in Southern France, and Iroise National Park, in Brittany, northern France.

Three more sites on the list, Guadeloupe National Park; and Montague Island and Arakwal National Park in Australia, also have marine components.

Nan Peng Islands MPA, in China, has also made a commitment to continue to work towards the global Standard.

The first phase of the IUCN Green List worked with 8 partner 'pioneer' countries, including China, France, Korea, Kenya.

Fifty protected areas registered a commitment to work towards the global IUCN Green List Standard.

See IUCN's press release: http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/?18624/Green-is-the-new-gold

And coverage in National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141115-iucn-green-list-protected-areas-national-parks/

This Nature article: http://www.nature.com/news/green-list-promotes-best-conservation-areas-1.16350 , already posted on Coral-List but since corrected, makes reference to the Chagos Islands MPA, which has not been considered yet by IUCN, and is too new to have delivered any significant outcomes to date.

The IUCN Green List of Protected Areas is a voluntary standard that PAs and their agencies can commit to working towards, and hopefully achieve 'Green List' status by demonstrating performance and outcomes across all key criteria.

These include design and delivery of conservation programmes for key values; governance that equitably shares the costs and benefits of conservation actions; and effective management and operations. The PA needs to demonstrate evidence of real conservation results, with equity and social outcomes.

The IUCN Green List of Protected Areas is moving into a development phase for 2015, 2016 and 2017, and welcoming new commitments from partner countries, PA agencies, PA managers, private concessionaires, community leaders, and marine and terrestrial conservation experts, especially WCPA members, worldwide.

For more information and to get involved, follow @iucngreenlist on twitter, or email James Hardcastle, IUCN Green List of Protected Areas Programme Manager at IUCN.

James Hardcastle

Global Protected Areas Programme
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
James.hardcastle at iucn.org<mailto:James.hardcastle at iucn.org>


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