Eastern Europe and Central Asia

World Heritage in Central Asia

As the official Advisory Body on nature under the World Heritage Convention, IUCN is leading the process that aims to identify natural sites in Central Asia with potential for nomination and to improve the management effectiveness of already inscribed World Heritage sites in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Southern Ustyrt Kaplankyr, Kazakhstan

In 2005, IUCN and the World Heritage (WH) Centre published the thematic study for Central Asia (CA), identifying a number of sites with higher potential for the nomination. More than 10 years later, IUCN has initiated a follow-up journey to update the regional thematic study and to assist the five Central Asian countries to improve the nomination process. The Study findings will be presented at the 43rd WH Committee Session in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2019. At the same time, IUCN will assess management effectiveness of World Heritage sites in Central Asia, and work to build the capacities for their improved management across the region.

  • Project title: Achieving Excellence in the nomination and management of World Heritage in Central Asia
  • Project duration: June 2017 – October 2019
  • Budget: € 191.848

The World Heritage regional consultation process is initiated within the project funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry's Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the German Environment Agency (UBA).

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