28 Dec CTC Joins the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Annual Forum

CTC Executive Director Rili Djohani recently joined global experts in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss progress and priorities of the IUCN Green List Development Plan for 2024. 

The intensive workshop and meetings took place from December 10-14, 2023 and aimed to bring together stakeholders from around the globe to provide a comprehensive review of the achievements, challenges, and future priorities of the IUCN Green List Development Plan for 2024 and to scale it up both globally and regionally. 

The IUCN Green List is a global campaign for successful nature conservation. At its heart is the Green List Sustainability Standard that provides a global benchmark for how to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. The IUCN Green List offers locally relevant expert guidance to help achieve fair and effective nature conservation results in protected and conserved areas. It can help guarantee that wildlife and ecosystems can survive, thrive and bring value to communities everywhere.

A protected or conserved area that reaches the IUCN Green List Standard is certified and recognized as achieving ongoing results for people and nature in a fair and effective way. Any site can join, and work its way towards achieving verified success, and then maintain the Standard or further improve its status.

Any protected and conserved area that gains ‘Green List’ status demonstrates the following: a) respect for the local community through fair and meaningful engagement of rights-holders and stakeholders; b) rigorous design that involves planning that identifies the needs to secure the important values of the area; c) effective management including regular monitoring of the status of these important values; d) successful conservation results that benefits nature and people; and e.) clear contribution to climate change responses, health and well-being and other challenges

During the annual meeting, the experts also worked on designing a framework for action towards the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP 16 and beyond,aligning the Green List with the objectives of the CBD COP 16 and contributing to international conservation efforts. 

CTC has been involved with development of the IUCN Green List for several years and has undertaken efforts to help scale up this initiative in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle region. Earlier this year, CTC also helped to organize a regional IUCN Green List Workshop for marine conservation practitioners in the Coral Triangle and the Asia Pacific Region. 

Writer: Leilani Gallardo
Photos: Rili Djohani/CTC

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