IUCN an­nounces Ras Mo­hammed, Wadi Al-Hi­tan on its Green List

An­nounce­ment came dur­ing COP14

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The In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture (IUCN) an­nounced on Satur­day that two of the Egyp­tian pro­tected ar­eas, Ras Mo­hammed and Wadi Al-Hi­tan, are to be listed on the Union’s Green List.

The an­nounce­ment came dur­ing a cer­e­mony on the side­lines of the 14th Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties of the Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity (CBD COP14) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Egypt’s Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Yas­mine Fouad, Cris­tiana Pasca Palmer, the UN as­sis­tant sec­re­tary-gen­eral and ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary on the UN Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity, Khaled Fouda, the gover­nor of South Si­nai, John Smart, the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the IUCN, and Hany Al-Shaer, the re­gional pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor of the IUCN, were all present in the cer­e­mony.

Fouad was pleased by this an­nounce­ment, and stressed the im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion between the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the pro­tected ar­eas and all part­ners in order to con­serve bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity.

She pointed out that an­nounc­ing Ras Mo­hammed and Wadi Al-Hi­tan in the Green List is a re­flec­tion of the ef­forts taken by the min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment to con­serve nat­u­ral re­sources and bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity. She ex­plained that earn­ing this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quired se­vere con­di­tions which Egypt suc­ceeded in ful­fill­ing, in ac­cor­dance with sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment meth­ods.

The IUCN Green List of Pro­tected and Con­served Ar­eas is the first global stan­dard of best prac­tice for area-based con­ser­va­tion. It is a pro­gramme of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for pro­tected and con­served ar­eas, na­tional parks, nat­u­ral world her­itage sites, com­mu­nity con­served ar­eas, na­ture re­serves that are ef­fec­tively man­aged, and fairly gov­erned. The IUCN Green List in­cludes about 40 pro­tected sites from all over the world.

The IUCN Green List of Pro­tected, Con­served Ar­eas is the first global stan­dard of best prac­tice for area-based con­ser­va­tion

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