Natural World Heritage Sites (collection)

June 14, 2012, 3:05 pm

In 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The purpose of the Convention is to "encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity." The Convention provides a mechanism by which member states can nominate important sites that are then evaluated by the World Heritage Committee. As of 2006, the World Heritage List includes 851 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. These include 660 cultural, 166 natural and 25 mixed properties in 141 nations. As of October 2006, 184 States Parties have ratified the World Heritage Convention.

Two of the four criteria by which Natural World Heritage Sites can be nominated relate respectively to ecological and biological processes, and to the in-situ conservation of biological diversity. Accordingly, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the IUCN teamed with UNESCO to produce a separate sub-listing of all sites inscribed on the World Heritage List for natural or mixed natural and cultural reasons.

This Collection contains the descriptions of these sites, which are compiled and maintained by UNEP-WCMC on behalf of UNESCO.

 

Algeria


  • Tassili N'Ajjer National Park

Argentina


Australia


Bangladesh

Belarus/Poland

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Côte d'Ivoire

  • Taï National Park
  • Comoé National Park

Croatia

Cuba

Democratic Republic of Congo

Denmark

Dominica

Ecuador

Egypt

Ethiopia

France

  • Scandola Nature Reserve & Capes Girolata and Porto

France and Spain

Germany

Greece

Guatemala

Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire

  • Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Honduras

  • Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

Hungary and Slovakia

India

Indonesia

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

Mauritania

  • Banc d'Arguin National Park

Mexico

Mongolia

Nepal

New Zealand

Niger

  • Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves
  • 'W' National Park

Norway

  • West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord

Oman

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Portugal

Romania

Russian Federation

Saint Lucia

Senegal

Serbia and Montenegro

Seychelles

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Uganda

United Kingdom

United Republic of Tanzania

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

Zambia/Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Glossary

Citation

M, U. (2012). Natural World Heritage Sites (collection). Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/154789

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