The aim of Environmental Assessment is to equip decision-makers with the information necessary to preserve World Heritage Sites for future generations. Effective integration of World Heritage Sites in these processes is critical to ensuring that the potential adverse impacts of development proposals on a site’s Outstanding Universal Value, and alternatives to these proposals, are fully considered in decision-making.
A number of natural heritage sites face growing threats for example, from mining, illegal logging, and infrastructure. IUCN works to provide guidance while outlining its position on these key issues and seeking sustainable solutions. Mining and indigenous communities are among the first topics of advice notes or policies that apply widely to sites under threat.
Communities and rights
Addressing community and rights concerns require long-term processes rather than quick fixes. Throughout its 40 year history, work in the World Heritage context on community and rights issues have gradually taken on more importance and received explicit attention.
- Review of World Heritage, Communities and Rights
- World Heritage and communities - advisory body follow-up