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.



  • Opening ceremony Hawaii Congress Photo: IUCN / Maegan Gindi

    IUCN Congress journey still gathering pace in 2018 with nature-culture symposium


    The thematic journey on Nature-Culture, or Culture-Nature, which started at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 in Hawai‘i and continued at the ICOMOS General Assembly 2017 in New Delhi, continues to gather pace. In 2018, year of IUCN's 70th anniversary...

  • Booted Eagle Booted Eagle Photo: Shouf Biosphere Reserve

    The wonders of Shouf Biosphere Reserve, Lebanon


    Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, accounting for a quarter of the remaining cedar forest in Lebanon, was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in July 2005. Covering approximately 50,000 hectares - or 5% of the total area of Lebanon, the...

  • New IUCN guide for sport explores how to reduce impacts on biodiversity. Photo: IUCN

    New IUCN guide highlights how sports industry can contribute to biodiversity conservation


    Gland, Switzerland, 9 April 2018 (IUCN) – A new guide designed to help the sports industry understand its potential impacts on nature and options for mitigating them, as well as identify new opportunities for sport to enhance conservation, was released today...


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