IUCN Green List

The IUCN Green List of protected areas is a new global initiative that celebrates the success of effective protected areas, and encourages the sharing of that success so that other protected areas can also reach high standards. More effective protected areas lead to greater benefits for humans and nature.
The IUCN Green List will be developed from 2012 to 2014, with a full launch scheduled for 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 CA/TS (Conservation Assured/Tiger Standards) 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.


Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Calakmul Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
Comoé National Park Comoe National Park
Donana National Park
Gulf of California Reserva de La Biosfera Isla San Pedro Mártir (2019), Bahía de Loreto National Park
Hubei Shennongjia Shennongjia National Park
Mount Kenya Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Primeval Beech Forests Component - Sasso Fratino (Italy): The integral nature reserve of Sasso Fratino, in the heart of the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna (2021)
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu Pyrénées National Park (core area) (2014)
Sian Ka'an
Taï National Park
Wadi Al-Hitan 2018
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve


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