Danger Listing is a constructive tool to facilitate emergency conservation action and international assistance to support severely threatened sites. IUCN may recommend that a site be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger if it faces ascertained or potential danger as defined in paragraph 180 of the Operational Guidelines to the Convention.
Danger Listing can be due to natural or human causes: resource extraction (such as mining and illegal logging), inappropriate development (such as roads), poaching, agricultural encroachment, threats induced by armed conflict and war, earthquakes and other natural disasters, oil spills, inadequate management, and invasive species.
The World Heritage Committee may decide to remove a site from the Danger List once it meets criteria set out in the “Desired State of Conservation for Removal from the Danger List” and natural values are restored.
For more information see:
- IUCN’s Danger List publication
- The latest article from The Economist ‘A Danger List in Danger’
- The UNESCO Danger List web pages
The natural and mixed World Heritage Sites currently inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger can be accessed through the UNESCO World Heritage Centre website.