The International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN – is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization with more than 1,300 members, including states and government agencies, NGOs, scientific and academic institutions and business associations.

In 2014, IUCN appointed ASI to support the development and implementation of an assurance system for the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas. The Green List identifies, celebrates and promotes Protected and Conserved Areas that are fairly governed, effectively managed and achieve their objectives.

At the heart of the Green List Program is a global Standard that sets benchmarks in 4 areas: Good Governance, Sound Design and Planning, Effective Management and Conservation Outcomes. Teams of independent experts evaluate Protected and Conserved Areas against the requirements of the Standard. The process for this is described in the assurance procedure, outlining who does what, when and how in the Green List process.

ASI has advised IUCN on the assurance procedure and has built a cloud-based system that is used to manage and administer the entire Green List Program. ASI will continue to work with IUCN on implementing the program globally, providing guidance on assurance aspects of the program and developing and delivering training to participants in the Green List.

ASI is proud to be supporting IUCN in making the Green List a credible and effective tool for the conservation of natural and cultural values and ecosystem services. Find more information on the IUCN website.