Protected area management effectiveness is a key determinant for meeting global biodiversity conservation targets. It is a CBD biodiversity target indicator. The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is developing a "Green List" of well-managed Protected Areas, an initiative to improve management standards and highlight well-managed protected areas that have been assessed through a credible process.
The Green List Initiative will support, measure, celebrate and share the success of protected areas in reaching good standards of management. It will assist national governments and community partners to meet the commitments embodied in the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and particularly Target 11 which call for 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas ... to be conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas .
The Initiative is being led by IUCN WCPA in partnership with protected area management agencies, communities, NGOs or other management organizations. The Green List process is also significant in that it will provide a mechanism for active engagement of WCPA members around the world.
This Workshop will share knowledge of the Green List Initiative and pilot programs. IUCN members in Australia, Colombia and WWF will present case studies of Green List pilot projects. Germany will present experiences with evaluation systems for its protected areas of different IUCN categories. Participants will contribute to the development of the Green List concept by reviewing concept development options and providing feedback on the viability of the concept in their own countries. This audience feedback will be provided by use of "clickers" – an educational tool used to obtain feedback in large classroom settings. This feedback from the participants will assist us to reach consensus on the best way forward.