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IUCN Green List cri­te­ria adopted in new Tiger Con­ser­va­tion standards

pub­lished 17 Novem­ber 2013 | mod­i­fied 03 Novem­ber 2014

In a move that will bet­ter con­nect pro­tected areas man­age­ment and tiger con­ser­va­tion, IUCN’s Global Pro­tected Areas Pro­gramme and WWF’s Tigers Alive Ini­tia­tive signed a mutual coop­er­a­tion agree­ment on the devel­op­ment of the IUCN Green List of Pro­tected Areas on 15 Novem­ber at the 1st Asia Parks Con­gress in Sendai, Japan.

Tiger sharpening clawsThe IUCN Green List of (well-​managed) Pro­tected Areas aims to recog­nise suc­cess­ful con­ser­va­tion endeav­our, through pro­vid­ing bench­mark stan­dards for equi­table gov­er­nance and effec­tive man­age­ment of pro­tected areas. It is an addi­tion to other IUCN resources to sup­port con­ser­va­tion efforts that sus­tain the Planet’s bio­di­ver­sity, such as The Red List of Threat­ened Species and The Red List of Ecosys­tems.

IUCN Green List Devel­op­ment and Part­ners
The IUCN Green List devel­op­ment started in 2012 and is sched­uled for a full launch at the 2014 IUCN World Parks Con­gress in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. A num­ber of part­ners have already joined the pilot phase to help test and refine the process. They include Par­ques Nacionales Nat­u­rales in Colom­bia, the Korean National Park Ser­vice and the Con­ser­va­tion Assured | Tiger Stan­dards (CA|TS) project being car­ried out by WWF in tiger range coun­tries. IUCN will develop the Green List by adding a diver­sity of coun­tries and pro­grammes to the pilot phase for test­ing, ensur­ing the process is refined to be fair, sim­ple and region­ally adapt­able. As an ambi­tious under­tak­ing that will move pro­tected area con­ser­va­tion for­ward, the IUCN Green List of well-​managed pro­tected areas pro­vides a new oppor­tu­nity for results that demon­strate the IUCN vision of a just world that val­ues and con­serves nature.

The IUCN Green List of Pro­tected Areas recog­nises sites for their achieve­ment in demon­strat­ing suc­cess accord­ing to a com­piled bench­mark of global stan­dards. Sites which meet the bench­mark will be accorded ‘Green List’ sta­tus. Eval­u­a­tion against the Green List cri­te­ria will con­sider the local con­text and vari­a­tion, and sup­ple­men­tary value will be placed on inno­va­tion, resource­ful­ness and inspi­ra­tion in the face of adver­sity. The IUCN Green List is cur­rently being devel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with pilot coun­tries and juris­dic­tions, includ­ing Korea, but also Colom­bia — Ama­zonas, Kenya, Italy, France, and New South Wales in Australia.

As part of the pilot phase a coali­tion of part­ners, rep­re­sented by WWF, will in turn apply the IUCN Green List cri­te­ria in the accred­i­ta­tion process for high-​performing tiger pro­tected areas in tiger range states. This ini­tia­tive is called the ‘Con­ser­va­tion Assured — Tiger Stan­dards’ (CA|TS) pro­gramme.

Con­ser­va­tion Assured is a new con­ser­va­tion tool that sets min­i­mum stan­dards for effec­tive man­age­ment of tar­get species, and encour­ages their assess­ment. Tigers are the first species selected for the ini­tia­tive. WWF and its part­ners are man­ag­ing CA|TS through their Tigers Alive Ini­tia­tive. The Initiative’s vision is for a dou­bling of tiger num­bers by 2020, and ulti­mately for all tiger pro­tected areas to receive CA|TS accreditation.

The IUCN Green List and CA|TS col­lab­o­ra­tion will be imple­mented in Nepal in 2014, where the first Park to be assessed against the stan­dards will be Chit­wan National Park.

We are eager to mea­sure our progress and pride in Chit­wan against inter­na­tional bench­marks for suc­cess through CA|TS and the IUCN Green List
Megh Pan­day, Direc­tor Gen­eral of the Depart­ment of National Parks & Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion, Nepal »

“We want to high­light that we are seri­ous about con­ser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­sity — and the var­i­ous and vital ser­vices that pro­tected areas pro­vide — in addi­tion to show­ing that we are exceed­ing expec­ta­tion against the Con­ven­tion on Bio­log­i­cal Diver­sity tar­gets and other inter­na­tional com­mit­ments to which Nepal is a party.”

The results from col­lab­o­ra­tion in Nepal, and else­where under the Green List Ini­tia­tive, will be pre­sented at the next Con­ven­tion on Bio­log­i­cal Diver­sity COP (Con­fer­ence of Par­ties) in Korea in Octo­ber 2014, before a full launch in Novem­ber 2014 in Syd­ney at the IUCN World Parks Con­gress.

“I am look­ing for­ward to a close work­ing part­ner­ship with the CA|TS ini­tia­tive, and am encour­aged and grat­i­fied that we have more part­ners work­ing in sup­port of the IUCN Green List of Pro­tected Areas,” says Trevor Sand­with, Direc­tor of IUCN’s Global Pro­tected Areas Pro­gramme. “It shows that we are on the right track with ‘Green List­ing’ in recog­nis­ing suc­cess and achieve­ment, high­light­ing the exem­plary areas as a moti­va­tion for all, pro­vid­ing a mes­sage of hope to those at the front­line of con­ser­va­tion — the man­agers and rangers of the world’s lead­ing pro­tected areas. In this way we can help shift to the focus on good gov­er­nance and qual­ity in man­age­ment of pro­tected areas worldwide.”

The Asia Parks Con­gress brings together, for the first time, gov­ern­ment agen­cies, con­ser­va­tion pro­fes­sion­als, researchers, NGOs, youth and civil soci­ety to take action for the future of parks and pro­tected areas in one of the world’s fastest grow­ing regions. New action to address the chal­lenges fac­ing Asia’s pro­tected areas will be pro­posed, such as dis­as­ter risk reduc­tion and recov­ery, respect­ing cul­ture and tra­di­tion, boost­ing tourism and envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion, increas­ing inter­na­tional coop­er­a­tion and safe­guard­ing bio­di­ver­sity. The Con­gress runs from 1317 Novem­ber in Sendai City, north­east­ern Japan.

The above news item is reprinted from mate­ri­als avail­able at IUCN. Orig­i­nal text is edited for con­tent and length.
(Source: IUCN news release, 15.11.2013)

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