The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas


The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas programme aims to improve the contribution of equitably governed and effectively managed protected areas to nature conservation and sustainable development, through the provision of associated social, economic, cultural, and spiritual values. The overarching objective of the programme is to increase the number of protected and conserved areas that are effectively and equitably managed, to deliver conservation outcomes.

The global Standard for the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas comprises a set of Components, Criteria, and Indicators for effective conservation in protected areas.

In 2014, 25 pilot sites were evaluated according to the IUCN Standard for the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas pilot phase draft (v.1.0). These sites demonstrated fair and transparent sharing of the costs and benefits of conservation, effective management and long-lasting conservation outcomes.The sites were announced in at the World Parks Congress (Sydney, November 2014), and their recognition on the provisional IUCN Green List will last for two years. During this time, the site managers will continue their work at site level to meet the revised IUCN Standard v1.1.

For more information about the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas and the associated global Standard, visit the IUCN Green List Programme page.

The following countries have signed up to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas:


Protected Planet provides information about sites that have:

  • signed up to work towards the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas.

Site managers at these sites have committed to implement the Standard for the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Area and ar at varying stages of implementation. Following successful implementation of the Standard across all four of its components, the sites will be nominated for Green List Status.

  • IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – Green Listed sites

The 25 pilot sites that were evaluated according to the IUCN Standard for the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas pilot phase draft (v.1.0) and demonstrate fair and transparent sharing of the costs and benefits of conservation, effective management and long-lasting conservation outcomes.