In collaboration with UNESCO, each year IUCN undertakes about 15 monitoring missions to World Heritage Sites facing threats such as unsustainable resource extraction (mining and illegal logging), inappropriate development (infrastructure and dams), poaching, agricultural encroachment, armed conflict and war, oil spills, inadequate management, and invasive species. IUCN counts on the support and expertise of members working on the ground to provide feedback, knowledge, reports and other data gathering to help complete successful monitoring missions.

In 2014-2015, IUCN carried out 10 monitoring missions to natural World Heritage sites, including Doñana National Park in Spain, Iguaçu National Park in Brazil, Los Katíos in Comlombia, Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines, Lake Baikal in Russia, Lake Turkana in Kenya and Niokolo-Koba in Senegal.

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