Protected Areas

This page is a list of our latest updates and stories about IUCN's work related to Protected Areas.

Sixaola, Costa Rica-Panamá
Project AVE (Adaptation, Vulnerability and Ecosystems(2015-2018) The project’s main objective is to collect, synthesize and use existing evidence on the benefits derived from ecosystem-based...
The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Standard has been approved by the IUCN Council in November 2017.
On the third anniversary of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 and the ‘Promise of Sydney’ commitments, the IUCN Green List of Protected and...
This approval of the IUCN Green List Standard sets the global benchmark for protected areas that will enable improved performance through promoting fairer and more effective management.   “...
Illegal water collection, West Tanzania
Until very recently, the Katuma river in Tanzania was on the verge of drying-up. The main reasons for the reduced river flow were illegal...
The Katuma catchment consists of the Mpanda, Msanginya and Katuma rivers and feeds into the Lake Rukwa Basin in southwestern Tanzania. The catchment is not only important for the basin and downstream...
The IUCN Green List Standard The IUCN Green List Standard is organised into four components of successful nature conservation in protected and conserved areas. The baseline components...
The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas (the ‘IUCN Green List Standard’) is a new global standard for protected areas in the 21st...
Latest news!​ IUCN Green List Standard approved by IUCN Council: IUCN prepares for a new wave of ‘Green List’ conservation success (November 2017) View our latest IUCN Green...
The IUCN Green List business plan includes a ‘Fair Finance’ initiative that will secure, by 2020, revenues to support all Green List operations and to bring new and additional resources to support...
Mount Huangshan, China
Pilot phase 2014 - the first Green listed areas The sites have been evaluated against a set of demanding criteria, including the quality of protection of natural values, based on the IUCN Green...
Capacity development touches upon all aspects of IUCN's Global Protected Areas Programme. Below you will find links to the BIOPAMA page, the...
BIOPAMA  Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Protected Areas Management (MOOC-GAP) MOOC on Ecological Monitoring Protected Areas law COURSE ( in EN, FR and ES) Publications Visit...
Bialowieza Forest, Poland
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ordered Poland to cease logging in the ancient Białowieża forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Yesterday (20 November), the Court upheld its temporary ban on active forest management in the area issued on 27 July, arguing that Poland’s active management techniques are likely to cause lasting...
The IUCN WCPA Capacity Development Theme works to improve the capacity of both individuals and organisations engaged in the management and...
  Thematic Vice-Chairs Mike APPLETON Eleanor STERLING NEW: A Global Register of Competences for Protected Area Practitioners   ...
Can a protected area be a good business? Protected areas generate billions of dollars worth of goods and services but frequently struggle to cover...
High Value Parks, reserves and other protected areas are some of the most valuable places on the planet.  Protected ecosystems help clean the water we drink and the air we breathe, maintain...

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