Natural Heritage

Conserving the diversity of life on Earth is critical to global human welfare. With the support of the World Heritage Convention, the most important natural sites receive international recognition as well as technical and financial assistance to deal with threats such as agricultural encroachment, alien species and poaching.

To be inscribed on the World Heritage List, a site must have values such as superlative natural phenomena; represent major states of earth’s history, demonstrate significant ecological and biological processes and contain important natural habitats. The World Heritage Convention has provided international recognition to well over 10 per cent of the total area of protected areas in the world, providing crucial protection to our planet’s most important natural resources.