World Heritage

A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage

A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage, a project supported by the MAVA Foundation following the former Agenda for Nature project (2010-2014), is at the heart of IUCN’s vision for natural World Heritage sites and the planet’s network of over 200,000 protected areas.

The Brighter Outlook for World Heritage project is about improving management of sites, and enables IUCN to consolidate knowledge and trigger action to improve conservation prospects for all natural World Heritage sites, to ensure longevity of natural heritage. It will engage the partners needed to deliver this action, and showcase successful results to new constituencies and supporters.  

Thanks to funding by the MAVA Foundation, the IUCN World Heritage Outlook – the first global assessment of natural World Heritage – was launched in 2014. By assessing all listed natural sites, the IUCN Outlook highlights good conservation practice – enabling replication of success across the World Heritage and protected areas network – and identifies sites where action is most needed to address major concerns. 

A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage will deliver three results:

  • Knowledge: IUCN knowledge on natural World Heritage is generated, consolidated, packaged and communicated to catalyse action to tackle conservation issues in currently listed and potential World Heritage sites.
  • Action: New, clearly defined partnerships embracing IUCN Members, networks and States Parties are built to support credible decision-making by the World Heritage Committee, and to support site-level action to improve the outlook for natural World Heritage on the ground. 
  • Showcasing results: Successful conservation results from the effective and equitable management of World Heritage sites are showcased in order to encourage further conservation action, and to promote the leadership role of World Heritage within the global network of protected areas as a whole.

Key achievements stemming out of the IUCN-MAVA partnership since 2010 include analyses of biodiversity and marine gaps within the World Heritage List, regional capacity building to support World Heritage in Africa and greater engagement of IUCN Members to secure positive results from the World Heritage Convention.

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