Biodiversity priorities for the World Heritage List

Author: Bertzky, B., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Engels, B., Ali, M.K. and Badman, T.
ISBN: 978-2-8317-1589-6

UNEP-WCMC and IUCN, with support from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), has launched a thematic study of the terrestrial biodiversity values recognized under the World Heritage Convention at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Cambodia on 20th June 2013.


The study reviews the biogeographic and biodiversity coverage of the current World Heritage network and identifies broad gaps. It also identifies priority sites for biodiversity conservation that may merit World Heritage listing in the future and reviews how these could help fill the existing gaps in the network. This study provides an expanded update of an earlier IUCN/UNEP-WCMC gap analysis for the terrestrial realm and contributes to the implementation of the Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List.