Benefits of natural World Heritage

This project has been instrumental in increasing awareness and understanding of the full range of direct and indirect benefits that local, national and global communities can receive from natural World Heritage sites.


The Benefits of Natural World Heritage project identified and assessed the diversity of ecosystem services, and in turn the benefits, that World Heritage sites can deliver to society and the economy.

Examples of benefits (in addition to biodiversity conservation) include the prevention of floods, opportunities for tourism, cultural and spiritual values, and the provision of food and water.

Supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), it includes two publications, published in 2014 and 2018 respectively, as well as interactive tools, including a map and a decision tree available on




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