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Celebrating China’s Conservation Progress towards the IUCN Green List

Posted Friday 28 July 2023
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Guiyang, China, July 8, 2023: An event to celebrate and recognise commitment towards the IUCN Green List for 13 sites was organized at the Eco Forum Global 2023 Guiyang under the theme “Preserving Beauty of Nature and Promoting Green Development: Towards a High-Quality System of Natural Protected Areas”.

These 13 Green Listed sites in China were recognised for their progress towards achieving the IUCN Green List Standard, a global sustainable standard for protected and conserved areas to ensure equitable governance and effective management.

The IUCN Green List of Standard for Protected and Conserved Areas is the global standard that describes successful area-based conservation. It frames a set of criteria for fair and effective performance into four key components, namely good governance, sound design and planning, effective management, and successful conservation outcomes. The aim of the IUCN Green List is to provide an accessible metric to help participating protected and conserved areas to achieve and maintain good performance and results.

The IUCN Green List initiative is a globally applicable Standard. It provides an international benchmark for quality that motivates improved performance and achievement of conservation objectives. Today there are a total of 75 sites Green Listed globally of which 2 are in China, and a further 11 are pending confirmation from the IUCN Green List Panel. They include two of the 17 key biodiversity areas of global significance, five UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves and other key PCAs of high conservation value.

The IUCN Green List offers an assured verification process, awarding certificates to successful sites that can demonstrate that they meet and maintain the full set of Green List Standard criteria. This evaluation is provided by IUCN through an accredited verification system. This certification also builds and supports an in-country, locally adapted expert review. This ensures that the IUCN Green List Standard remains globally consistent but is adapted and applied in the context and through the judgement of knowledgeable professionals based in the country or region.

The sites may improve their management effectiveness through the application of the Green List, and a Green Listed site is recognized as one of the best protected areas in the world for achieving fair and effective conservation outcomes.

At the ceremony, certificates of recognition were presented to the engaged 13 Green Listed sites. The honorees on behalf of the sites included Zhang Liming, Director of the Nature Reserve Management Department of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration; Zhang Yan, Country Coordinator of IUCN China; Li Diqiang, Chair of the China EAGL and a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Forestry; and Chen Yaohua, Professor at Peking University. The 13 sites are:

  • Inner Mongolia Grand Khingan Hanma National Nature Reserve
  • Jilin Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve
  • Longwanqun National Forest Park
  • Wudalianchi Geological Park
  • Qianjiangyuan National Park
    Mount Huangshan Scenic Area
  • Hubei Qizimeishan National Nature Reserve
  • Shennongjia National Park
  • Hunan Badagongshan National Nature Reserve
  • Hunan Hupingshan National Nature Reserve
  • Guangzhou Haizhu National Wetland Park
  • Huangguoshu Scenic Area
  • Shaanxi Changqing National Nature Reserve

IUCN China is committed to promote the IUCN Green List in the country and will keep working with key stakeholders and the government agencies to strengthen governance and management capacity of protected areas, and assist to advance China’s contributions to the global biodiversity conservation goals.


For more information please contact: – IUCN China Office

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