The aim of the World Heritage Convention is to ensure the protection for all time of the world’s natural and cultural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value. In 1994, to assist in meeting this aim, the World Heritage Committee adopted a Global Strategy for achieving a balanced, representative and credible World Heritage List that reflects the world’s diverse heritage. Over the past 10 years a number of studies and consultations have been carried out to develop and refine the Global Strategy. This review is an important addition to that process, focusing on the inter-related elements of biogeography, habitats and biological diversity that underpin much of what we consider ‘natural heritage’.
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