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 – 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...
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...
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....
In-danger status can be lifted from the world’s second largest coral reef, Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, according to the International Union...
Four new natural sites in Canada, Colombia, France and Mexico are also recommended by IUCN for inscription on the World Heritage List. IUCN’s advice has been released today by UNESCO and is...
A multidisciplinary project on soundscape biodiversity
The soundscapes of remote natural habitats are outstanding footprints of the systemic behavior of healthy ecosystems. Yet today, at the beginning of the current extinction crisis, the ‘paleo-choirs...
Enrolment is now open for a World Heritage Leadership course on “People, Nature, Culture” tailored for the African region. The capacity-building...
The course, titled Promoting People-Centred Approaches to Conservation of Nature and Culture, will take place from 14 to 24 August in Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls, a natural World Heritage site...

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