Inspiring sites

Some World Heritage Sites highlighted by the Protected Areas Programme: Protected Areas of the Week. Learn more about World Heritage sites and browse among stunning photographs in our Flickr photo galleries.

Lake Bogoria Flamingo and zebras

Flamingos by the millions

Kenya Lake System, World Heritage Site, Kenya …  

05 Oct 2011 | Fact sheet

Mount Kenya National Park Entrance

God’s resting place – the sacred mountain of Kenya

Mount Kenya National Park …  

12 Jul 2010 | Fact sheet

Chad - Ounianga-Serir - Formations de grès Lac Teli

Waves of water flowing in the desert

Lakes of Ounianga World Heritage Site, Chad   …  

02 Aug 2012 | Fact sheet
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Gorilla at Virunga National Park, DRC

Land of the Mountain Gorilla

Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo …  

04 Oct 2010 | Fact sheet

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Last home of the endangered northern white rhino

Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo …  

14 Sep 2010 | Fact sheet

Wood bison

Home of the world’s largest herd of wood bison

Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada, World Heritage site …  

20 Aug 2013 | Fact sheet

Jasper National Park, Canada

Glacial Jewel of the Rockies

Jasper National Park, Canada, World Heritage site …   | French

30 Apr 2012 | Fact sheet
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Virginia Falls, Nahanni National Park Reserve

Majestic mountains and a wild river of world significance

Nahanni National Park Reserve, Canada, World Heritage site …   | French

02 Feb 2012 | Fact sheet
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Mountains in Banff National Park, Canada

Home of the grizzly bear

Banff National Park, Canada …  

03 Jan 2011 | Fact sheet

Mexico, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

The shifting sands of an unlikely biodiversity paradise

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, World Heritage site, Mexico …  

09 Jan 2014 | Fact sheet

Huascaran National Park, Peru

Take a bath where the tropics touch the sky

Huascaran National Park, Peru, World Heritage site 

27 Mar 2012 | Fact sheet
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The Iguaçu National Park in Brazil boasts one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls

Brazil’s most visited protected area

Iguaçu National Park, World Heritage site, Brazil   …  

12 Dec 2012 | Fact sheet
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Sue Mainka

Darwin’s inspiration for his theory on Evolution

The Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, World Heritage Site …  

19 Jul 2010 | Fact sheet

Brown bear in Shiretoko peninsula, World Heritage Site, Japan

A Waterfall Kingdom at the End of the Earth

Shiretoko National Park, Japan …  

24 Oct 2013 | Fact sheet

Fauna fossil, Chengjiang Fossil Site, World Heritage Site, China

Looking back into the origins of life

Chengjiang Fossil Site, World Heritage Site, China …  

09 Oct 2013 | Fact sheet

Asian Rhino, Kaziranga NP, Assam

A century of protection for the Bengal Tiger and Great One-Horned Rhinoceros

 Kaziranga National Park, India World Heritage Site …  

24 Sep 2013 | Fact sheet

Western Ghats World Heritage site, India

Himalaya’s little brother is bursting with biodiversity

Western Ghats World Heritage site, India …  

18 Oct 2012 | Fact sheet

Summit of Mt. Halla

Korea’s largest island and highest mountain tell tales of Earth’s history

Jeju Volcanic Islands and Lava Tubes World Heritage Site, Republic of South Korea …  

31 Aug 2012 | Fact sheet
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Wadi Rum Jordan

Red rocks and blue skies

Wadi Rum, Jordan, World Heritage site …  

20 Feb 2012 | Fact sheet
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More World Heritage Sites, more challenges for conservation

Galapagos of the Orient

 Ogasawara Islands, Japan …  

02 Nov 2011 | Fact sheet
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The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Buddha’s Footprint

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka World Heritage Site …  

16 Aug 2010 | Fact sheet

Turtle in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Largest colony of the White-tip Reef Shark

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines …  

05 Jul 2010 | Fact sheet

Sumatran orangutan in Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

Last refuge for Indonesia’s largest mammals.

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra …  

16 Apr 2010 | Fact sheet

Piton des Neiges

A beauty born from the fire

Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island, France, World Heritage site   …  

13 Jan 2012 | Fact sheet
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Beech forest surrounding kettle-hole mire in Serrahn, Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

Germany’s last wild forests

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, World Heritage site …  

12 Dec 2011 | Fact sheet
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Kamtchatka Peninsula

One of the last areas of wilderness

Volcanoes of Kamchatka, Russian Federation …  

19 Jan 2011 | Fact sheet

Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

Where geologists discovered how mountains were created

The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona …  

18 Mar 2010 | Fact sheet

Oceania


Sovi, Fiji

The terrestrial biodiversity jewel of Polynesia-Micronesia

Sovi Protected Area, Fiji …  

21 Nov 2013 | Fact sheet

Curio Point

One of the cleanest places on earth

Lord Howe Island World Heritage Site, Australia …  

29 Jun 2011 | Fact sheet
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Fish in the Great Barrier Reef

The Marine Protected Area you see from space

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia …  

25 Oct 2010 | Fact sheet

Little River Valley, Nattai NP

Home to a living fossil, the Wollemi pine - a relic from the time of the dinosaurs

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Australia …  

06 Dec 2010 | Fact sheet

Heard Island

Australia’s only active volcanoes

Heard Islands and McDonald Island …  

27 Sep 2010 | Fact sheet

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