The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is gathering input from experts around the globe to complete a new cycle of assessments for the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3. This flagship IUCN report on natural World Heritage will be published in 2020, together with assessments for some


Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years, with climate change being the fastest growing threat they face, according to a report released today by IUCN, International Union for

What is the IUCN World Heritage Outlook and how useful do people find it? Find out what others are saying about IUCN's flagship product on natural World Heritage.
The first update of the IUCN World Heritage Outlook will allow for changes in conservation status to be tracked in all listed natural sites by comparing results over time. Hundreds of experts are expected to take part in a rigorous consultation and review process.
Civil society organisations are joining IUCN’s efforts to boost the conservation of natural World Heritage sites facing major threats. The partnerships aim to take advantage of the knowledge provided by the IUCN World Heritage Outlook and translate it into action on the ground. Some pilot sites have been identified, including Dja Faunal Reserve, which is threatened by elephant poaching.
Today defines tomorrow: World Heritage as litmus test for action on agreements This piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on World Heritage, the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre, as part of a special edition on the IUCN World Conservation Congress . After the historic agreements on climate change and sustainable development achieved in 2015 at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) and the...
New report confirms IUCN assessment of climate change as biggest threat to World Heritage Climate change is now the most significant risk for World Heritage sites and for the benefits they provide, including economic well-being through sustainable tourism, confirms a new report by UNESCO, UNEP and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in collaboration with IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. The new report offers a set of recommendations to...
Concerns over scale of threats to natural World Heritage confirmed by new report Nearly half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by industrial activities, according to a new report drawing heavily on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s World Heritage Outlook. Activities such as mining, illegal logging, oil and gas exploration threaten 114 out of 229 natural World Heritage sites, according to the...
Nominate your Heritage Hero! Do you know someone who is doing outstanding conservation work for a natural World Heritage site? Would you like to see this person recognised for their exemplary contribution? If so, get in touch! Update: nominations are now closed IUCN is calling for nominations of Heritage Heroes – people who single-handedly take action to help conserve natural World Heritage sites in the face of imminent threats. Three to..