World Heritage

An extremely rare sight: a Murphy’s petrel chick on Henderson Island. Rats have been killing over 99% of Murphy’s petrel chicks within 1 week of hatching

World Firsts on Henderson Island

The Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), an IUCN Member, and the Pitcairn Islands Government have announced that the ground-breaking rat eradication operation to restore Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in the South Pacific, has been successfully implemented. The final result as to whether all rats have been successfully removed will be known in 2013. …  

22 Dec 2011 | News story

Murphy's petrels

Removing rats, restoring islands

A unique international project partnership involving IUCN Member organizations, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, The Nature Conservancy and the US Fish & Wildlife Service is helping to restore a series of islands and seabird habitats in the Pacific by removing alien invasive rats which have wreaked havoc on native biodiversity. …  

10 Aug 2011 | News story

Fauna and Flora International's Tony Whitton

Working with Sumatra to restore natural wonders

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia, is now on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. IUCN Member, Fauna and Flora International, will be among the groups working with local authorities to address the issues raised and bring this site back to its full potential. …  

23 Jun 2011 | News story

Mohamed Talaat El Hennawy, Manager , Wadi El Rayan Protected Area, Egypt.

World Heritage in Egypt

Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, in the Western Desert of Egypt, is Egypt's only natural World Heritage Site. It contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales: Archaeoceti. …  

21 Jun 2011 | News story

Professor Masahito Yoshida, the Chair of the Japan Committee for IUCN

Tourism threatens World Heritage in Japan

There are three natural World Heritage Sites in Japan. But as in many other areas of the world, these sites are facing a range of challenges, the most important of which is tourism, according to Yoshida Masahito, Chair of the Japan National Committee for IUCN.  …  

21 Jun 2011 | News story

Youssouph Diedhiou, Programme officer, Protected areas Programme, IUCN PACO Regional Office.

Patrimoine mondial en Afrique de l'ouest

On trouve des sites du patrimoine mondial dans le monde entier, et de nouvelles inscriptions sur la liste du patrimoine mondial sont envisagées dans presque tous les continents. Selon Youssouph Diedhiou, qui travaille pour le Programme des aires protégées de l’UICN en Afrique centrale et de l’ouest, les sites du patrimoine mondial ont besoin d’un soutien plus concerté de la part des gouvernements de la région. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

A Leopard Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), Great Barrier Reef

Keep World Heritage standards high

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee opens its annual meeting in Paris today. The Committee will announce the new remarkable natural and cultural areas that have made it to the list of World Heritage Sites. A total of 42 sites are considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

19 Jun 2011 | News story

Dja Reserve, Cameroon

Staving off the threats to Cameroon’s natural riches

The Dja Reserve in Cameroon is home to some of the largest and best protected rainforest tracts in Africa, with 90% of its area intact. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1987, largely for the diversity of species found there but now faces several challenges, not least from mining. …  

16 Jun 2011 | News story

The Wadden Sea became the 200 natural site on the World Heritage List.

Get latest news on World Heritage Sites

New remarkable natural and cultural sites to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be announced at the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, June 19-29. A total of 42 sites will be considered for inscription this year. …   | French | Spanish

10 Jun 2011 | News story

Arial view of dense forest cover in the Core Zone, Rio Platano.

A promising future for Rio Platano

In the Mosquitia region in north-east Honduras is a place whose natural and cultural wealth can rarely be seen elsewhere in the world. But the future of this exceptional richness, in a country torn by conflict, poverty and adverse socio-economic conditions, strongly depends on the readiness of its authorities to consolidate efforts to manage and conserve it, working together with the area’s local and indigenous communities. …  

01 Jun 2011 | News story


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.
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