World Heritage

This page is a list of the most recently updated pages and stories that have been tagged “World Heritage” by IUCN thematic and regional units.
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IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, recommends World Heritage status for five sites nominated for their outstanding natural values...
Five candidate sites for inscription IUCN agrees to five proposals to inscribe natural areas on the World Heritage List, providing this advice to the World Heritage Committee, which will take the...
Natural World Heritage sites face major threats, such as commercial logging, poaching, gillnet fishing and dams, according to the International Union...
“When pressures on the planet’s outstanding natural sites exceed the strong protection expected under the World Heritage Convention, additional action is needed,” says Tim Badman, Director of IUCN’s...
Climate change is now the most significant risk for World Heritage sites and for the benefits they provide, including economic well-being through...
The new report offers a set of recommendations to address issues related to climate change at the level of the World Heritage Convention. For instance, it recommends adding more wilderness areas to...
The rise in demand for products derived from animals and plants, such as elephant tusks or precious wood, is causing an increase in illegal logging...
“Sadly illegal wildlife trade is increasingly affecting natural World Heritage sites,” says Peter Shadie, Senior Adviser on World Heritage at IUCN. “This calls for a strong, coordinated response from...
Civil society organisations are joining IUCN’s efforts to boost the conservation of natural World Heritage sites facing major threats. The...
IUCN is pleased to announce African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) as its first ‘Outlook Partners’, contributing to the...
This piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on World Heritage, the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage...
After the historic agreements on climate change and sustainable development achieved in 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, few will...
The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee will continue from 24 to 26 October 2016 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. The session, which took...
Outstanding issues will be discussed, including proposals for boundary modifications and revisions of the World Heritage Convention’s operational guidelines. The discussions in Istanbul were webcast...
This interview originally appeared on World Heritage, the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre, as part of a special edition on...
The World Heritage Convention is the only international legal instrument that explicitly links humans and nature. In your eyes, why it is important to consider culture and nature together? Aroha...
The World Heritage Committee yesterday inscribed nine new natural World Heritage sites evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of...
The Committee followed IUCN’s advice to inscribe India’s Khangchendzonga National Park, a mixed natural and cultural site which includes the world’s third highest mountain; China’s Hubei Shennongjia...
Cultural and spiritual bonds with nature are among the strongest personal drives and motivators for nature conservation yet they are not often taken...
From 4 to 7 July 2016, a group of internationally recognised conservation and heritage experts discussed how the cultural and spiritual significance of nature should be integrated and strengthened in...
Five sites in the High Seas, which belong to no country, could be recognised under the World Heritage Convention, according to a new report by UNESCO...
“Just as on land, the deepest and most remote ocean harbours globally unique places that deserve recognition, just as we have given to the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States of America,...
From a distance, the scattered beaches of Vietnam’s iconic Ha Long Bay appear pristine. But as you get closer you realize that the picturesque World...
Huge amounts of expanded polystyrene blight the bay, causing serious harm to the environment and damaging the impression that the otherwise beautiful cove makes on the hundreds of thousands of...

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