IUCN’s World Heritage Programme implements initiatives to enhance the role of the World Heritage Convention in protecting the planet’s biodiversity and promote effective use of its mechanisms to strengthen the conservation and management of natural World Heritage sites.

A Brighter Outlook for World Heritage, a project supported by the MAVA Foundation following the former Agenda for Nature project (2010-2014), is at the heart of IUCN’s vision for natural World Heritage sites and the planet’s network of over 200,000 protected areas.

The project is about improving management of sites and will enable IUCN to consolidate knowledge and trigger action to improve conservation prospects for all natural World Heritage sites, to ensure longevity of natural heritage.

The World Heritage Programme is managed from IUCN’s international headquarters in  Gland, Switzerland, and works in close collaboration with World Heritage regional focal points in each of IUCN’s regional offices, as well as with IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP).

We work together with a wide variety of partners, including UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the MAVA Foundation, the African World Heritage Fund, the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Our Place World Heritage Collection. To fulfil our role as Advisory Body, we also work closely with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.