IUCN Policies

A growing number of natural World Heritage sites face major threats, from mining and illegal logging to infrastructure developments. IUCN works to provide guidance while outlining its position on these key issues and seeking sustainable solutions.

Infrastructure development increase the pressure on Coastal ecosystem

Environmental assessment

IUCN's advice note on Environmental Assessment related to World Heritage is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

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Oil and gas platform, Gulf of Mexico

Mining, oil & gas

IUCN’s position on extractive activities related to World Heritage is available in English and French.

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Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA)

Communities and rights

IUCN's position on communities and rights related to World Heritage consists of a review on the subject and an advisory body follow-up.

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Western Caucasus World Heritage Site

Future challenges

 On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2012, IUCN issues its recommendations of the future challenges for natural World Heritage

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