World Heritage

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

Following the advice of IUCN, the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, China’s Qinghai Hoh Xil has been inscribed on the World heritage...
Located within the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau – the largest, highest and youngest plateau in the world – Qinghai Hoh Xil covers a massive area of over 3.7 million hectares, surrounded by a 2.3...
World Heritage Analyses is an online platform for work-in-progress GIS and remote sensing-based data products, analyses, and tools Developed by IUCN, its aim is to present the...
Explore natural World Heritage sites through photos from our mission experts.   World Heritage mission to the Sundarbans in Bangladesh   Chitwan National Park, Nepal – home...
Hubei Shennongjia, China
Hubei Shennongjia in China has been inscribed as a natural World Heritage for its outstanding ecosystems, protecting numerous rare and endangered...
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico © IUCN Elena Osipova
IUCN is expected to carry out a field mission with UNESCO to Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, to assess the...
The vaquita is the world’s smallest porpoise and can only be found in the Gulf of California. It is a victim of by-catch from illegal fishing of another Critically Endangered species, the totoaba,...
Elephants in Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire
Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire has come off the List of World Heritage in Danger today, as its wildlife recovers from impacts of civil unrest....
This is the first World Heritage site to be removed from the ‘danger list’ in West and Central Africa in over 10 years, where half of the region’s 20 natural World Heritage sites are listed as ‘in...
Simien National Park in Ethiopia has been removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger at the 41st World Heritage Committee meeting, taking...
The park is one the oldest natural World Heritage sites, inscribed in 1978 for its spectacular landscapes, which are home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and...
Ramsar STRP: new scientific and technical products on their way for the 2016-2018 triennium United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Science Policy Interface
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico
Gland, Switzerland, 30 June 2017 (IUCN) – Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites...
Ahead of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, starting this Sunday in Kraków, Poland, IUCN recommends listing Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California on the List...
Khangchendzonga National Park, India
Following the advice of IUCN, the advisory body on nature to the World Heritage Committee, Khangchendzonga National Park, India has been inscribed on...
Golden snub-nosed monkey, Hubei Shennongjia, China
New guidance launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urges the World Heritage Convention to better conserve...
Wilderness areas are largely intact land- and seascapes which have a low human population density and are mostly free of industrial infrastructure. They help respond to climate change, for instance...
Peak Wilderness Nature Reserve in Central Highland, Sri Lanka
Project title: Enhancing education and awareness on the Central Highlands, a UNESCO World Heritage Serial Property in Sri Lanka Location: The Central Highlands is a serial property comprising...

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