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New world Heritage sites - 2018

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  • IUCN World Heritage Panel December 2017 (minus tarek) Photo: IUCN

    IUCN reviews nine new World Heritage nominations for 2019

    12.12.2018

    The IUCN World Heritage Panel met last week to evaluate site nominations proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. Proposals for seven new natural heritage sites and one ‘mixed’ natural-cultural site have been submitted by state parties, as well as...

  • Corals Red Sea Corals at Ras Mohammed National Park, Egypt Photo: mindgrow [CC BY-SA 2-0]. from flickr

    IUCN lists 15 new sites as world’s best protected areas

    24.11.2018

    Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 24 November 2018 (IUCN) – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has admitted 15 new natural sites to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – the first global standard recognising best practice in...

  • Henry Cleere, ICOMOS historical Henry Cleere (left) and Jim Thorsell (right) joined by a Vietnamese colleague during an evaluation mission Photo: Jim Thorsell

    Henry Cleere, a pillar of the World Heritage Convention

    11.09.2018

    The IUCN World Heritage Programme mourns the loss of Professor Henry Cleere, who recently passed away at the age of 91. Prof Cleere is remembered as a major figure in the history of the World Heritage Convention and in the conservation of archaeological...

  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park, China - World Heritage site Mount Sanqingshan National Park, a World Heritage site in China Photo: IUCN / Chris Wood

    New IUCN report helps choose the right tools to assess how key natural areas benefit people

    07.08.2018

    IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) today has issued new guidance to help practitioners assess ecosystem services within important sites for biodiversity and nature conservation. The report reviews nine assessment tools, focussing on their...

  • Lin, Lake Ohrid, Albania Lin, Lake Ohrid, Albania Photo: Christopher Graz

    Pearl in a plastic bag

    12.07.2018

    Lake Ohrid is Europe’s oldest lake, straddling the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia (FYR) and eastern Albania. It was formed by tectonic shifting over two million years ago and is home to a large number of unique flora and...

  • 42nd World Heritage Committee meeting - IUCN desk Photo: IUCN / Angela Jones

    New landmark sites for people, place and identity – IUCN’s key takeaways from the 2018 World Heritage Committee meeting

    11.07.2018

    Returning from the 42nd World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Peter Shadie, IUCN’s World Heritage Senior Advisor and head of the IUCN delegation at the Committee, takes a moment to share some reflections on this year’s meeting...

  • The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities Photo: IUCN / Faisal Abu-Izzeddin

    Close ties between water and culture highlighted at World Heritage meeting

    04.07.2018

    Water is at the heart of human existence and development. But how do people manage this precious resource in arid landscapes, such as in the Arab region? What cultural practices have developed over time in wetlands to support communities’ water needs? These...

  • High mountain pasture Kyrgyzstan High mountain pasture Kyrgyzstan  Photo: Jens Wunderlich

    World Heritage regional consultation process takes off in Central Asia

    03.07.2018

    Representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan confirmed their commitment to support the identification of natural sites that have the potential to be nominated as World Heritage. IUCN will lead the process in its...

  • Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, World Heritage, youth Madison Pearl Edwards Photo: IUCN / Angela Jones

    The 12-year-old Belizean girl who spoke up at the World Heritage Committee meeting – interview

    03.07.2018

    “I respectfully encourage the representatives of each country present to think of my generation in decision-making regarding World Heritage sites – our barrier reef and our planet depend on it.” Thus did Madison Pearl Edwards address the delegates gathered at...

  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Photo: IUCN / Davis Sheppard

    Yemen urged to halt damaging activities in Socotra Archipelago, as advised by IUCN

    02.07.2018

    Manama, Bahrain – Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has urged Yemen to halt any activity that may negatively impact on the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Socotra Archipelago World Heritage site. The country has been requested to...

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