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Protected area solutions for biodiversity and climate change mitigations

As of: July 2020

Objective and activities

One strategic objective of the Aichi 2020 targets is to improve the state of biological diversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity. Another objective is to increase the benefits resulting from biological diversity and the ecosystem services for the entire human race. The project supports these two strategic objectives through the improved governance of protected areas in the partner countries. To this end, it is building up knowledge and capacities for better management of the areas concerned, and developing the “IUCN Green List” as an international standard assessment. The developed methods help to protect key areas of biodiversity and other areas that provide important ecosystem services, helping them to adapt to the consequences of climate change. The project also compiles and disseminates a worldwide portfolio of case studies documenting successful management.

State of implementation/results

  • In the official final report of COP 13, the IUCN Green List developed in the project is recommended as a voluntary standard.
  • The IUCN Green List Awards were celebrated on 24 November 2018 on the sidelines of COP 14 in Egypt, at which newly added protected areas to the IUCN Green List were announced.
  • Support for regional training seminars of the CBD Secretariat (in 2016) with project materials regarding new standards of quality measurement for protected areas (a project output).
  • New Panorama platform developed with GIZ and launched at IUCN World Conservation Congress September 2016.
  • Nine formal and 14 informal Panorama sessions at the IUCN Congress, including two launch events jointly with GIZ.
  • Major progress in the development of the Panorama partnership governance structure: IUCN and GIZ commit to act as managing partners with broader institutional engagement.
  • The project published a ‘User Manual’ to guide implementation of the global standard in partner countries with participating protected areas.
  • Inception workshops were held in each partner country (Colombia, Peru, Kenya, Vietnam). Roadmaps for pilot implementation were developed.
  • In Peru and Kenya, goverance assessment processes and associated site-level action plans have contributed to 5 protected areas achieving IUCN Green List status.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) - Viet Nam," Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEW&NR) - Kenya", Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru

BMU grant:
3.368.657,00 €

11/2015  till  10/2020



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