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.

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...
Climate change is the biggest potential threat to natural World Heritage sites, but these sites can be part of the solution
Impact on natural World Heritage sites According to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook – the first global assessment of natural World Heritage – climate change could soon become the most widespread...
The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. It is a joint...
Explore the world's Marine Protected Areas on the Marine Protected Planet Read the latest Protected Planet Report 2016 Visit the Protected Planet website to search the global database on ...
Climate change is the biggest potential threat to natural World Heritage sites, but these sites can be part of the solution   Impact on natural World Heritage sites Climate change is the fastest...
Gland, Switzerland, 17 April 2018 (IUCN) – A roadmap for businesses operating in some of the most biologically significant places on the planet has...
The report, Guidelines on Business and KBAs: Managing Risk to Biodiversity outlines steps that businesses can take to actively safeguard biodiversity and avoid contributing to its loss. It recommends...

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