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World Heritage Special edition

27 June 2014

26 new properties added to World Heritage List

During its ten-day meeting, the World Heritage Committee added a total of 26 new sites to the list, including four new natural sites. For further information 
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Okavango Delta, Botswana © Peter Howard
inspiring PLACES
Iconic Okavango Delta becomes 1,000th World Heritage site
Botswana’s Okavango Delta, one of the most iconic natural areas on the planet, was listed as the 1,000th World Heritage site on 22nd June. The decision follows the recommendation of IUCN, UNESCO’s advisory body on nature.
Blue Mountains in Australia © Jim Thorsell
inspiring solutions
New approaches to protecting the wilderness on Sydney's doorstep
Did you know that less than 50 kilometres from Sydney, is an area that is ten times older than the Grand Canyon with a 40,000 year-old human history, containing majestic mountains, cathedral caves, deep river gorges and valleys of water cascading into prehistoric rainforests? 
David Swatland at the Monument © David Swatland
inspiring people
Papahānaumokuākea – the Hawaiian heritage hoorah 
A world away from the bustling city streets, towering skyscrapers and smoke-smothered skies of the western world, David Swatland looks out over a Hawaiian archipelago and affords a wry smile. As one of the key men charged with managing the natural phenomenon that is UNESCO World Heritage Site Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, his role is to ensure this little pocket of paradise is preserved so future generations can bask in its iridescent beauty.
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania © Jim Thorsell
World heritage in danger
Illegal trade puts more World Heritage sites in danger
Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve has been listed on the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger due to unprecedented levels of illegal wildlife trafficking, as announced at the 38th annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar.
Huangshan Mountain World Heritage site, China © Jim Thorsell
excellence required
IUCN urges excellence for World Heritage
World Heritage faces growing threats from illegal wildlife trade and development pressures, requiring the highest standards in conservation action at the global level, according to IUCN, the Convention's advisory body on nature.
Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site © Evelyne Clarke
focus on success
Time to focus on the success of natural World Heritage, says IUCN
A new assessment by IUCN reveals for the first time the good conservation performance of natural World Heritage sites. The IUCN World Heritage Outlook provides unique insight into how the world’s natural sites can be preserved over time.
Virunga National Park, Congo © Gérard Collin
refusing extractives
IUCN welcomes the emphatic ‘NO’ to extractives in World Heritage
Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park.
Excuma Caves Land and Sea National Park, Bahamas © Pedro Rosabal
The BIOPAMA Capacity Building Plan moves to action in the Bahamas
This year, the Bahamas National Trust and IUCN started a collaboration to develop the Bahamas protected areas management system. Supported by the BIOPAMA Capacity Building Action Plan for the Caribbean, this is the first time the Bahamas has engaged in a review of their protected areas management categories. After the process is completed, the Bahamas will become one of the first countries in the Caribbean to have conducted such a review. 
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PARKS Journal 20.1
In the latest PARKS Journal, learn more about "The Promise of Sydney", the statement that will be agreed in Sydney offering a broad constituency the opportunity to make their own promise of commitments both during and after the Congress.
Parks Journal 20.1

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