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Natural World Heritage sites include iconic places such as the Great Barrier Reef, Yellowstone, the Galápagos Islands and Kilimanjaro, and are recognised as the world's most significant protected areas.

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IUCN experts make recommendations to guide decisions on new sites nominated for World Heritage status and on conservation action to support natural World Heritage sites facing major threats.
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  • Vote for your Heritage Hero

    25.08.2016

    Five outstanding individuals in three natural World Heritage sites have been shortlisted as Heritage Heroes for their exceptional work in protecting some of the world's most precious natural areas. Discover their inspiring stories and decide who will...

  • Report launch: World Heritage and the High Seas

    Sargasso Sea among spots in the High Seas identified as potential World Heritage sites

    03.08.2016

    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’s World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the advisory body on...

  • Tell us your water story and win a prize

    03.08.2016

    Are you working in conservation? In forest, marine, climate change areas or others? Has water made an unexpected appearance in your work? Then we are looking for your story. 

Last updated - Thu, 25 Aug 2016
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