World Heritage

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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    Recommendations now out

    UNESCO's 41st session of the World Heritage Committee will take place in Kraków, Poland from 2 to 12 July 2017. Find out all IUCN's recommendations on natural World Heritage.

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    Facts on natural World Heritage

    Did you know that, together, the 238 natural sites on the World Heritage List cover an area about the size of India? Explore the interactive map and get the facts about the natural wonders of the world.

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    Photo galleries

    Explore the breathtaking landscapes and biodiversity of natural World Heritage sites through photos from our mission experts.

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    Advisor on World Heritage

    IUCN is the official advisory body on nature under the World Heritage Convention and makes recommendations on necessary action to protect sites facing threats, and on nominated candidate sites. The World Heritage Committee takes final decisions.

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    IUCN World Heritage Outlook

    The first global assessment of natural World Heritage, launched in 2014, will be updated in 2017, allowing for changes to be tracked over time.

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