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.


In the spotlight

IUCN Heritage Heroes shorthand

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  • Vote for your Heritage Hero


    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


    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...

  • Sunset over Bhitarkanika

    Tell us your water story and win a prize


    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 - Wed, 31 Aug 2016
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