Iguazu Falls

Our June Focus takes a look behind the scenes at efforts underway to save the planet’s iconic natural and cultural sites. We report on developments at the annual UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting that takes place 19 to 29 June in Paris.

Think of the wildlife of East Africa’s Serengeti National Park, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Pyramids of Egypt and the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru. All are listed as World Heritage sites for their outstanding natural or cultural values.

Safeguarding these places for the many benefits they offer, not least in providing a major draw card for tourists worldwide, is an immense challenge and one that IUCN plays a major role in tackling.

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Did you know?

  • 911 places are listed as World Heritage sites
  • 34 sites are included on the ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural World Heritage site


Dhows in Socotra Islands.

News from the UNESCO World Heritage conference

IUCN's vew from the annual meeting.

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Machu Picchu

The debate: what future for World Heritage?

Mid-life crisis or life just beginning?

As the World Heritage Convention approaches 40 the debate is on about the challenges and opportunities it faces.
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IUCN Deputy Director General on the challenges and opportunities of the World Heritage Convention.

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