Our work

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

IUCN's broader work on World Heritage

IUCN has over 1,400 Member organizations (including both government and civil society organisations), convenes a network of some 16,000 experts, and has offices in more than 60 countries. Collectively, IUCN supports the protection and conservation of natural World Heritage in countless ways, from its official advisory role to the World Heritage Convention, to being directly responsible for managing a site, to collecting crucial data on species and climate, supporting rangers, providing funding for direct conservation action, or generating sustainable livelihoods for communities.

Some examples of IUCN's broader work on World Heritage can be found below. 

  • SOS Lemurs: Conserving lemurs in the Rainforests of the Atsinanana (Madagascar)
  • Galapagos Conservancy: Improve nesting habitat for the waved albatross in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
  • Blue Natural Capital: Support financial sustainability of the Belize Barrier Reef (Belize)
  • WWF: #SaveOurHeritage campaign to protect natural World Heritage sites