On the 14th of November, IUCN announced its first Green List of Protected Areas in Sydney, Australia. The Green List is described as “a new and progressive initiative that encourages and celebrates the success of protected areas that reach excellent standards of management.”
This list will generally establish the first global standard for protected natural and conservation sites.
Lewa is immensely proud to be one of the two properties from Africa featured. The sites were evaluated against a set of criteria including the quality and management of the natural resources, tangible benefits to communities and sustainable conservation outcomes.
The Conservancy was particularly recognised for its excellence in wildlife conservation as well as its numerous community development programmes in education, health, women and youth empowerment that have transformed thousands of lives.
Benefits of the listing include international recognition, increased potential for financial support, motivation of protected area managers to meet and maintain high standards of management, recognition by the international tourism industry among others.
Lewa’s CEO Mike Watson says:
“This listing is a fantastic way to end the year on Lewa; it reinforces belief in our conservation and development practises perfected over decades. It gives us confidence to know we are doing a great job worthy of international recognition”.
The announcement of the listing comes barely a week after the Conservancy’s win of two global awards in London – silver award for Poverty Reduction awarded by the World Responsible Tourism Awards and Runner up in Wildlife Conservation by Safari Awards.