World Heritage in South America

26 July 2010 | News story

From Venzuela to Argentina natural World Heritage sites are attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. But it's not all plain sailing with much still needed to be done to increase public awareness of why these sites merit World Heritage status.  

Joerg Elbers, is Senior Programme Officer on Protected Areas in IUCN’s South America Regional Office, based in Quito Ecuador. He explains how important these sites are for protecting some of the most beautiful areas within the region.


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.