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
The World Heritage Committee takes the final decision

Proposed nominations for 2014

IUCN will carry out missions to 10 locations to evaluate the natural and mixed World Heritage nominations proposed for 2014, as follows (by country, alphabetically):

  • Botswana, Okavango Delta: natural site
  • China, South China Karst (Phase II) (extension): natural site
  • Denmark / Germany, Wadden Sea (extension): natural site
  • Denmark, Stevns Klint: natural site
  • France, Ensemble tectono-volcanique de la Chaine des Puys et de la faille de Limagne: natural site
  • Mexico, Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche (extension and renomination): mixed site
  • Poland / Belarus, Bialowieza Forest  (extension and renomination): natural site
  • Portugal, Arrábida: mixed site and cultural landscape
  • Vietnam, Trang An Landscape Complex: mixed site and cultural landscape
  • Vietnam, Cat Ba Archipelago: natural site
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Lists of nominations for evaluation by IUCN
IUCN Evaluation Report 2014
  • IUCN Evaluation Report 2014 cover
IUCN Evaluation Report 2014 - French