Green List

3×3 Cooperation: China x Africa

Trilateral Cooperation Project to promote fair and effective protected area management for sustainable development – working together towards global standards

Project description

Key Facts

Outcomes and objectives

Launched in 2019, the trilateral cooperation project involves Germany, China and three African countries (Zambia and Namibia) building on already ongoing work under the IUCN Green List Programme. Key contribution to the development of the Green List in Africa and demonstrate that GL relevant framework bridge between countries, in particular bridging South-South and North-South cooperation.

Cooperation model involves political and implementing partners in cooperation countries:

Two Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in China Ministry of Commerce (MofCom) and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA). In the African cooperation countries, the Ministry of Tourism and Arts (Zambia) and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (Namibia);

Implementing partners (IUCN in cooperation with Chinese Academy of Forestry, GIZ, KFW and African partners’ PA management authorities) work together under a joint log frame and common work plan. IUCN Green List Programme work closely with …

Most of the PAs in African cooperation countries to date are still far from being conserved sustainably. (Details).

The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of African protected area governance and management as a contribution to sustainable development through the implementation of the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas. A global standard of best practice for area-based conservation. The Green List evaluation process identifies those shortcomings that need to be addressed before an area can be certified. The Green List process is designed to identify shortcomings and to facilitate comprehensive improvement of their management and governance effectiveness.

By committing to the green list process, enrolled sites become part of a network and benefit from technical support on how to improve their performance and impacts. The project also aims to foster exchange and learning with Chinese experts and practitioners. As Chinese authorities have successfully led the Green List process for six PAs in PR China as early as 2014 and have gained a lot of technical expertise in the complex Green List methodology, the support of NGFA will be a critical input, along with the guidance of IUCN specialists.

Having embarked on an IUCN Green List certification process itself (with six sites already green-listed), China can pass on technical expertise, good practices and lessons learnt to African cooperation partners. Moreover, China can put the experiences and results gathered through the trilateral cooperation to use in its role as host country to the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP15) in 2022 and its future CBD Presidency.

The cooperation countries will follow a similar process, with ongoing technical support from implementing partners.

Each country is supported in implementing national Green List processes with all relevant stakeholders to achieve a common understanding of the quality standard, develop nationally adapted indicators, set up a panel of experts (EAGL) and a mentoring program to accompany the Green List candidates, evaluate the political-legal framework. Capacity development measures engage national and local experts and provide a comprehensive toolkit for project delivery.

Selected PAs (2-4 per country) will carry out self-assessments comparing current practice with the Green List Standard and, based on a review of the results and with support by the project, implement priority actions to improve governance and management quality. Sites level assessments of governance, design and planning, and management effectiveness using appropriate tools and methodologies aligned to the IUCN Green List Standard. Zambia (sites). In Namibia, Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

The project will demonstrate the feasibility of concrete action towards achieving the key quality aspects of the global target for PAs and other effective conservation measures (OECMs), including both effective and equitable management, and enabling cooperation countries to present success stories at CBD COP 15 in Montréal in Dcember 2022. It will generate proposals for indicators to measure and report on this aspect of the target and feed them into the Post-2020 biodiversity framework. It will also demonstrate PAs’ contributions to the achievement of international climate objectives and the 2030 Agenda.

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