The World Heritage Agenda for Nature is a project that aims to capitalize on the biodiversity conservation potential of the World Heritage Convention by promoting effective use of its mechanisms to strengthen the conservation and management of natural World Heritage Sites.

The Agenda for Nature project (2010-2014), supported by the MAVA Foundation, is at the heart of IUCN’s vision for natural World Heritage sites and the planet’s network of over 130,000 protected areas. Agenda for Nature’s main aims include:

1. Effective Management: Increase effective use of the mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention and replicate and inspire management successes in other protected areas.

2. Better Monitoring: Develop a more comprehensive and proactive ‘monitoring and action’ system for existing sites and implement conservation actions to protect their values.

3. Credible Site Selection: Include the planet’s most important natural sites on the World Heritage List, providing tools and training to national governments and stakeholders, and supporting management plans before and after inscription on the World Heritage List.

4. Climate Change Response Strategies: Ensure natural World Heritage Sites serve to communicate threats to protected areas from climate change, and as pilot areas for developing, testing and disseminating best practice in tackling these threats.

5. Sustainable financing: Enhance funding to support the effective management of all natural World Heritage Sites, improving and securing their conservation status.