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Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Tourism threatens World Heritage in Japan

There are three natural World Heritage Sites in Japan. But as in many other areas of the world, these sites are facing a range of challenges, the most important of which is tourism, according to Yoshida Masahito, Chair of the Japan National Committee for IUCN.  …  

21 Jun 2011 | News story

Dhows in Socotra Islands.

More support needed to boost Arab natural World Heritage

With only two natural sites added to the World Heritage List in 15 years there is a need to review the process of nominating natural World Heritage Sites in Arab States, a new IUCN report has found. …   | French | Spanish

21 Jun 2011 | International news release

Youssouph Diedhiou, Programme officer, Protected areas Programme, IUCN PACO Regional Office.

Patrimoine mondial en Afrique de l'ouest

On trouve des sites du patrimoine mondial dans le monde entier, et de nouvelles inscriptions sur la liste du patrimoine mondial sont envisagées dans presque tous les continents. Selon Youssouph Diedhiou, qui travaille pour le Programme des aires protégées de l’UICN en Afrique centrale et de l’ouest, les sites du patrimoine mondial ont besoin d’un soutien plus concerté de la part des gouvernements de la région. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

A Leopard Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), Great Barrier Reef

Keep World Heritage standards high

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee opens its annual meeting in Paris today. The Committee will announce the new remarkable natural and cultural areas that have made it to the list of World Heritage Sites. A total of 42 sites are considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

19 Jun 2011 | News story

Dja Reserve, Cameroon

Staving off the threats to Cameroon’s natural riches

The Dja Reserve in Cameroon is home to some of the largest and best protected rainforest tracts in Africa, with 90% of its area intact. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1987, largely for the diversity of species found there but now faces several challenges, not least from mining. …  

16 Jun 2011 | News story

Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species category: Least Concern

Yellowstone: the return of the wolf

Many of us carry childhood memories of the ravening wolf that haunted us through fairy tales and often, hearing a wolf's howl still sends a shiver down our spines. But after so many years of conflict between man and this enigmatic species, the time has come to finally say: ‘maybe they’re not so bad’? Wolves are now being successfully reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park and are an important part of the natural system once again. …  

14 Jun 2011 | Video

The Wadden Sea became the 200 natural site on the World Heritage List.

Get latest news on World Heritage Sites

New remarkable natural and cultural sites to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be announced at the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, June 19-29. A total of 42 sites will be considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

10 Jun 2011 | News story

Arial view of dense forest cover in the Core Zone, Rio Platano.

A promising future for Rio Platano

In the Mosquitia region in north-east Honduras is a place whose natural and cultural wealth can rarely be seen elsewhere in the world. But the future of this exceptional richness, in a country torn by conflict, poverty and adverse socio-economic conditions, strongly depends on the readiness of its authorities to consolidate efforts to manage and conserve it, working together with the area’s local and indigenous communities. …  

01 Jun 2011 | News story

protected area, world heritage, mexico

Mid-life crisis or life just beginning? The World Heritage Convention approaches 40

Some say life begins at 40. The World Heritage Convention is one year away from its big birthday, but its critics argue the time is ripe for it to retire. …  

01 Jun 2011 | Article
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A lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serenity on the Serengeti?

It may be inconceivable that world-famous places like the Serengeti plain of Africa could be anything but secure. But like many other World Heritage sites, the very features which draw thousands of visitors each year are under pressure. …  

01 Jun 2011 | News story

Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans