World Heritage nominations

World Heritage status is one of the highest international recognition on the planet. As such, every site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List is carefully selected following a rigorous process.

IUCN evaluates all natural and mixed sites aspiring to achieve World Heritage status and makes recommendations to the World Heritage Committee.

The evaluation of nominations is a year-long process involving IUCN's network of field experts. To ensure the credibility of the World Heritage List, it assesses the global significance, management, and integrity of the nominated sites.

It combines field missions, desk reviews, and voluntary input from experts with knowledge of the sites or the natural values they represent.

nomination process

A country signs the World Heritage Convention
The country compiles an inventory of potential sites, known as a Tentative List
The country prepares nomination files for candidate sites
IUCN evaluates natural and mixed candidate sites
IUCN advises the World Heritage Committee whether to inscribe or not inscribe a site, defer a decision, or refer a nomination back to the country
IUCN's recommendations are published six weeks before the annual World Heritage Committee meeting
The World Heritage Committee takes the final decision

Proposed nominations for 2015

IUCN is carrying out missions to evaluate the natural and mixed World Heritage nominations proposed for 2015, as follows (by country, alphabetically):

  • Jamaica, Blue and John Crow Mountains: mixed site
  • Mongolia and Russian Federation, Landscapes of Dauria: natural site
  • South Africa, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (extension): natural site
  • Sudan, Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay / Mukkawar Island Marine National Park: natural site
  • Thailand, Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex: natural site
  • Viet Nam, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (extension and renomination under criteria (ix) and (x)): natural site

IUCN is also required to provide comments to Advisory Body ICOMOS on two cultural landscapes submitted for a cultural World Heritage listing. These include Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain in Mongolia, where IUCN was part of the evaluation field mission, and Singapore Botanic Gardens.

IUCN 's evaluations reports will be published online on Monday 18 May 2015, in other words six weeks before the 39th World Heritage Committee meeting.

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IUCN Evaluation Report 2014
  • IUCN Evaluation Report 2014 cover
IUCN Evaluation Report 2014 - French
Lists of nominations for evaluation by IUCN