WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative also signed a mutual cooperation agreement to align CA|TS with the development of the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas.
The IUCN Green List of Protected Areas aims to recognise successful conservation endeavour, through providing benchmark standards for equitable governance and effective management of Protected Areas. The IUCN Green List, with support from the Korean National Park Service and other existing partners, is being developed in collaboration with pilot countries and jurisdictions, including Colombia – Amazonas, Korea, Kenya, Italy, France and New South Wales.
WWF will join this range of partners to support the application of the IUCN Green List in the accreditation for high-performing protected areas in Tiger-range States, through CA|TS. In this way, a protected area awarded the CA|TS accreditation will automatically be eligible for IUCN Green List status.
The new partnership will immediately translate into action in Nepal, where the first park to be assessed against the IUCN Green List and CA|TS standards will be Royal Chitwan National Park, in early 2014.
The results from collaboration in Nepal, and elsewhere under the Green List Initiative, will be presented at the next CBD COP in Korea in late 2014, before a full launch of the IUCN Green List Initiative at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, November 2014.