World Heritage

This page is a list of our latest updates and stories about IUCN's work related to World Heritage.

Panel Outlook launch Martin Frick Inger Andersen
This week at the 2017 UN conference on climate change in Bonn (COP23), IUCN highlighted how natural World Heritage is both affected by climate change...
Delegates gathered at the IUCN Pavilion at COP23 for the launch of the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2, an update of the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2014 and the first report showing whether the...
Socotra Archipelago, Yemen
Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just...
The IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2 – an update of the 2014 IUCN World Heritage Outlook report – assesses, for the first time, changes in the conservation prospects of all 241 natural World Heritage...
Traditional Custodian of Sacred Natural Sites, at a gathering in Nanyuki, Kenya, 2012
CEESP News - by Fiona Wilton, The Gaia Foundation Deep in Ethiopia's Rift Valley, a group of African custodians met in 2015 to discuss how to...
Traditional Custodian of Sacred Natural Sites, at a gathering in Nanyuki, Kenya, 2012. Photo credit: Jess Phillimore The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) passed Resolution...
What do people say about the IUCN World Heritage Outlook? What is the IUCN World Heritage Outlook and how useful do people find it? Find out what others are saying about IUCN's flagship product on...
    Project title: Ha Long - Cat Ba Alliance Location: Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago Duration: 2014 – 2017 Project background: Designated as a United Nations...
The World Heritage Panel supports IUCN’s advisory role The IUCN World Heritage Panel provides high-quality technical and scientific advice on World Heritage, and forms the official position of...
Natural solutions : protected areas helping people cope with climate change
Protected areas play a major role in reducing climate changing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. Fifteen percent of the worlds terrestrial carbon stock - 312 gigatonnes - are stored in...
The 2017 update is coming soon! The IUCN World Heritage Outlook is the first global assessment of natural World Heritage, and our flagship for assessing all natural World Heritage sites. It is...
Cenote, Mexico
The IUCN WCPA Geoheritage Specialist Group (GSG) provides specialist advice on all aspects of geodiversity in relation to protected areas and their...
Specialist Group Leaders KYUNG SIK WOO Wesey Hill IUCN WCPA...
Over 6,000 participants from over 170 countries met at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Acknowledging the traditional owners...
The Congress took stock of not just what is challenging us, but how innovative leaders in every corner of the world are finding and implementing protected area solutions to a wide range of...
Ha Long Bay has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO twice for its outstanding universal values. But what are those values and why do...
After a first round of tour guide training in December 2016, IUCN organized the second session on August 26-27 as part of the USAID Ha Long-Cat Ba Alliance. The session attracted 41 tour guides and...
Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia
The IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Network is one of the largest thematic groups within IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, bringing together more...
  IUCN WCPA World Heritage Vice-Chair Cyril Kormos         World Heritage Network TORs 2017-2020 Natural World Heritage sites are internationally...

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