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Multiple designations

Jeju Island Photo: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

Harmonising the integrated management of areas with multiple international designations

In coordination with the secretariats of the Ramsar Convention and UNESCO, IUCN is carrying out a project with a view to harmonising the integrated management of areas with multiple international designations (Ramsar and World Heritage sites, Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks), thanks to funding from the Special Self-governing Province of Jeju, Republic of Korea, and from the Korean Ministry of Environment.

The project stems from an IUCN Resolution (WCC 2012 Res 052), which was adopted by IUCN Members at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju. The aim is to realise the opportunities for synergies and identify solutions for the management problems that can occur in areas with multiple designations (or internationally designated areas – IDAs), and to prepare written guidance on the subject.

Guidance document

The guidance document is intended as a manual for site managers but also for national authorities and different international organisations. This document will specify the particular objectives, nomination procedures and operations of each of the four designations.

Thanks to a number of IDA case studies, challenges for the management of such sites will be highlighted, and also ways of overcoming them through an emphasis on the complementarity and the synergy that multiple designations can offer.

It is expected to be launched at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i, USA, in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Korean.

For more information, please contact Diana Rodrigues, IUCN Project Coordinator – Internationally Designated Areas,

Work area: 
Protected Areas
World Heritage
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