Organizers: James Hardcastle1, Sönke Fischer2, Maria Ximena Zorilla3, Ignacio March Mifsut4, Frédéric Cadene5 & Nguyen Thi Dao6

Affiliations: 1/ IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme; 2/ Accreditation Services International; 3/ Parques Nacionales de Colombia (Gorgona NNR); 4/ Mexican Protected Areas Agency; 5/ Reserve Naturelle Marine Cerbere-Banyuls; 6/ WWF Vietnam


Lead contact: James Hardcastle

Description: Protected and conserved areas, including locally-managed marine areas (LMMAs), can play a significant role in protection, management and restoration of fisheries and other aquatic and pelagic resource values, to the benefit of communities, artisanal fishers, local enterprises, and commercial interests. However, many areas do not articulate clear conservation goals for their aquatic resource values, especially beyond biodiversity or basic habitat protection; and fewer engage in monitoring the impact of conservation management on these main values. Investments into design, fair governance and effective management of all types of protected and conserved areas are rarely tied to measures that quantify and provide evidence of conservation outcomes. The IUCN Green List is a new global Sustainability Standard for area-based conservation. Through a simple assurance and evaluation system, the voluntary IUCN Green List encourages participating areas to improve performance, measure impact, and achieve global recognition for conservation outcomes for their main values. Can the Green List provide increased global recognition for those protected areas that contribute to maintaining and enhancing the value of their aquatic and fisheries resources? Could this encourage protected areas with aquatic values to shift to a more ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management (EAFM)? Brief case studies from PAs in the Green List development phase (Mexico, France, Italy, China, Colombia, Viet Nam, Kenya) illustrate ways in which the Green List Standard could potentially drive change in management and monitoring practices, link to other schemes, such as MSC, and increase investment into protected areas as proven aquatic resources and fisheries management responses.

Expected Audience: The IUCN Green List is a new scheme, yet already over 200 conservation areas in more than 20 countries are engaged. Many of these sites maintain aquatic resources and have an impact on local, artisanal, and commercial fisheries, both freshwater and marine. The IUCN Green List session will include conservation area design and spatial planning, good governance, and effective management. This will draw experts, researchers and practitioners, as well as challenge all those interested in how to measure performance and impact in conservation.