World Heritage

This page is a list of the most recently updated pages and stories that have been tagged “World Heritage” by IUCN thematic and regional units.
Please visit our theme and region pages for more specific information.

A sanctuary for people and nature
Photo: IUCN / Charles Besancon Chiribiquete National Park – “The Maloca of the Jaguar” is Colombia’s largest national park spanning close to 2.8 million hectares....
“the Land that Gives Life”
Photo: IUCN / Bastian Bertzky Pimachiowin Aki has been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following IUCN’s advice. The site is now one of the largest World...
Ramsar STRP: new scientific and technical products on their way for the 2016-2018 triennium United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Science Policy Interface
Manama, Bahrain, 26 June 2018 (IUCN) – The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System – the world’s second largest coral reef system after the Great Barrier...
For the past 10 years or so, the World Heritage site has been facing threats from potential oil activities and unsustainable tourism development. However, Belize recently announced a ban on oil...
Manama, Bahrain, 28 June 2018 (IUCN) – Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya has been placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger today at UNESCO’s...
According to IUCN, water levels have rapidly declined downstream of the Gibe III dam, located in Ethiopia, since its reservoir started to be filled in January 2015. This has disrupted seasonal...
Manama, Bahrain – A benefits concert taking place today at the World Heritage Committee meeting pays tribute to park rangers who were brutally killed...
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) together with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre today raised concerns over the multiple severe threats to Virunga National Park – Africa’s...
IUCN organises side events throughout the duration of the World Heritage Committee meeting, in collaboration with various partners. The side events organised by IUCN, or by partners in collaboration...
Manama, Bahrain – Tanzania has been urged to not proceed with plans to log 143,638 ha in the Selous Game Reserve today at UNESCO’s World Heritage...
"Deforestation of such a large area in the core of the reserve, which provides critical habitat for iconic African species, will clearly put the Selous Game Reserve’s ecosystem and wildlife in great...
Each year, IUCN makes recommendations to the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of 55 to 60 World Heritage sites listed for their natural values, including ‘mixed’ sites also...
With a total area of 3.7 hectares (roughly the size of 5 football pitches), the coastline in front and the famous Hai Tang pagoda in back, the Pagoda...
Once used for rice cultivation, the fields were abandoned due to water scarcity and rapid population expansion. Several businesses expressed interest in developing the area to accommodate the 1,700...
IUCN implements initiatives to enhance the role of World Heritage
Alongside our work as the official Advisor to UNESCO, the IUCN World Heritage Programme is leading a series of initiatives to make the World Heritage Convention more effective and relevant to global...
IUCN provides technical advice to help the World Heritage Committee make informed decisions on natural heritage
IUCN co-drafted the World Heritage Convention text with UNESCO in 1972 and is explicitly recognised within the Convention as the technical Advisory Body on nature to the World Heritage Committee....

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