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Good governance is fundamental to effective protected area (PA) design, planning, and management operations, and the degree to which these are equitable in terms of the recognition and engagement of key actors, and the distribution of benefits and costs/burdens. Achieving both effective and equitable PA management is central to international PA policy (ie Aichi target 11). Site-level PA governance assessment assesses the quality of the governance arrangements of a PA in relation to best practice which is defined in terms of a set of good governance principles. The goal of any governance assessment is improving governance quality and, in some situations, exploring possibilities for a change of governance type.The workshop ‘Governance, Equity and the Green List’, focused specifically on the multi-stakeholder assessment methodology that is currently being developed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). 

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