The World Heritage Centre is at the forefront of the international community’s efforts to protect and preserve.
From emergency assistance to safeguard properties in danger, to long term conservation, management planning, technical assistance, professional training, public and youth education, and awareness-building, the World Heritage Centre and its partners have developed a series of initiatives and have been actively involved in the implementation of projects, participatory workshops, seminars and training courses.
Title Sites State Parties Description Category Date updated
Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”
The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative Created in 2003 within the framework of the Global Strategy for the ... Science & technology 2018-06-28
Category 2 Centres Category 2 Centres under the auspices of UNESCO related to World Heritage © UNESCO In recent years, the framework for ... Convention 2019-07-02
Climate Change and World Heritage Climate Change Climate Change and World Heritage © NOAA / Andy Collins / Papahānaumokuākea World Heritage properties are ... Climate Change 2018-11-26
Cultural Landscapes Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
Matobo Hills
St Kilda
Tongariro National Park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta
Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape
Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Cultural Landscape of Sintra
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape
Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
Lushan National Park
Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
Costiera Amalfitana
Viñales Valley
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
Kuk Early Agricultural Site
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion
The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes
Sukur Cultural Landscape
Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland
Wachau Cultural Landscape
Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
Curonian Spit
Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba
Val d'Orcia
Aranjuez Cultural Landscape
Alto Douro Wine Region
Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape
Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev
Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia
Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski
Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė)
Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
Vegaøyan – The Vega Archipelago
Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly
Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda
Þingvellir National Park
The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy
Bam and its Cultural Landscape
Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain
Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests
Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape
Le Morne Cultural Landscape
Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
Mount Wutai
Chief Roi Mata’s Domain
Paraty and Ilha Grande – Culture and Biodiversity
Konso Cultural Landscape
West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou
Ancient Villages of Northern Syria
Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca
Saloum Delta
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana
The Persian Garden
Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato
Landscape of Grand Pré
Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes
Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
Cultural Landscape of Maymand
The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy
Trang An Landscape Complex
Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape
Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars
The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand
Ennedi Massif: Natural and Cultural Landscape
Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape
Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir
Pampulha Modern Ensemble
Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene
Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada)
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape
Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi
There exist a great variety of Landscapes that are representative of the different regions of the world. Combined works of nature and humankind, ... Cultural landscapes 2019-07-15
Educational Resource Kit ‘World Heritage in Young Hands’ Educational Resource Kit ‘World Heritage in Young Hands’ To know, cherish and act Education is the key to personal fulfilment, ... 2019-07-18
Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS) Human Evolution related properties represent a process of evolutionary accretion that took place over a vast period of time, offering vital ... Rock art
Human Evolution
Initiative on Heritage of Religious Interest Heritage of Religious Interest UNESCO Initiative on Heritage of Religious Interest © OUR PLACE / Amos Chapple / Samarkand - Crossroad ... Forests
Site Management
Conservation of Cultural Sites
Conservation of Natural Sites
Modern Heritage Programme At the start of 2001 the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and DOCOMOMO (Working Party for the ... Modern Heritage 2019-02-01
Natural World Heritage in the Congo Basin Virunga National Park
Garamba National Park
Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Salonga National Park
Dja Faunal Reserve
Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda
Sangha Trinational
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
UNESCO has been taking action in the Congo Basin since 2000 in order to improve the conservation and the management of natural World Heritage ... Forests
Conservation of Natural Sites
Reducing Disasters Risks at World Heritage Properties Reducing Disaster Risk at World Heritage Properties World Heritage properties and heritage sites in general are exposed to the impacts of ... Site Management
Disaster Risk Reduction
Small Island Developing States Programme National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers
Aldabra Atoll
Old Havana and its Fortification System
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
Colonial City of Santo Domingo
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
Viñales Valley
San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba
East Rennell
Kuk Early Agricultural Site
Desembarco del Granma National Park
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park
Historic Inner City of Paramaribo
Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba
Central Suriname Nature Reserve
Pitons Management Area
Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos
Aapravasi Ghat
Le Morne Cultural Landscape
Historic Centre of Camagüey
Chief Roi Mata’s Domain
Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande
Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site
Blue and John Crow Mountains
Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison
Rock Islands Southern Lagoon
Levuka Historical Port Town
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites
Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia
Antigua and Barbuda
Cabo Verde
Dominican Republic
Marshall Islands
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Solomon Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Cook Islands
Sao Tome and Principe
Small Island Developing States Programme SIDS © Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea and ... Small Island Developing States 2019-07-18
UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize For The Safeguarding And Management of ... Greece UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes Cultural Landscape of ... Cultural landscapes 2019-01-07
World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples © OUR PLACE The World Heritage Collection / Chris Morton / Ngorongoro Conservation Area ... Site Management
World Heritage and Sustainable Development Sustainable Development World Heritage and Sustainable Development © Hani Terraces Administration of Honghe Prefecture/ Li Kun / ... Sustainable Development 2019-02-01
World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme Sustainable Tourism UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme © The photo archives of the Governing Body of ... Sustainable Tourism 2019-07-11
World Heritage Centre’s Natural Heritage Strategy In October 2006 the World Heritage Centre published the UNESCO World Heritage Centre's Natural Heritage Strategy, which was endorsed by the World ... Conservation of Natural Sites 2018-11-26
World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP) City of Quito
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
Ancient City of Damascus
Mesa Verde National Park
Asante Traditional Buildings
Medina of Tunis
Archaeological Site of Carthage
Antigua Guatemala
Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
Tchogha Zanbil
Meidan Emam, Esfahan
Old Towns of Djenné
Kathmandu Valley
Historic Town of Ouro Preto
Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro
Medina of Fez
M'Zab Valley
Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda
Old Walled City of Shibam
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Old Havana and its Fortification System
Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Churches and Convents of Goa
City of Cuzco
Samarra Archaeological City
Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena
Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia
Historic Centre of Cordoba
Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
Royal Palaces of Abomey
Medina of Marrakesh
Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Chaco Culture
Historic Centre of Évora
Old Town of Ghadamès
Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
Old Town of Cáceres
Old City of Sana'a
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán
Historic Centre of Puebla
City of Potosí
Frontiers of the Roman Empire
Bahla Fort
The Great Wall
Mogao Caves
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines
Taos Pueblo
Medina of Sousse
Historic Centre of Lima
Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)
Itchan Kala
Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes
Kasbah of Algiers
Historic City of Sucre
Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns
Historic Centre of Morelia
Island of Mozambique
Historic Centre of Bukhara
Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures
Historic Town of Zabid
Ruins of León Viejo
City of Safranbolu
Coro and its Port
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site
Historic Centre of Zacatecas
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks
Jongmyo Shrine
Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox
National Archeological Park of Tierradentro
Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento
Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata
Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar
Canal du Midi
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro
Historic City of Meknes
Old Town of Lijiang
Ancient City of Ping Yao
Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Changdeokgung Palace Complex
Historic Centre of São Luís
Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Viñales Valley
Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Historic Site of Lyon
Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz
State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”
Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina
Shrines and Temples of Nikko
Sukur Cultural Landscape
Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower
Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso
Gyeongju Historic Areas
Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás
Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi
Historic Centre of Guimarães
Takht-e Soleyman
Complex of Koguryo Tombs
Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba
Fujian Tulou
Yin Xu
Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia
Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom
Tomb of Askia
Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba
Proto-urban Site of Sarazm
Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town
Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun
Bam and its Cultural Landscape
Ruins of Loropéni
León Cathedral
Parthian Fortresses of Nisa
Sacred City of Caral-Supe
Historic Centre of Camagüey
Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco
Mount Wutai
Fortifications of Vauban
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong
At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah
Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
The Persian Garden
Earthen architecture is one of the most original and powerful expressions of our ability to create a built environment with readily available ... Earthen Architecture 2018-02-22
World Heritage Education Programme The UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, initiated as a UNESCO special project in 1994, gives young people a chance to voice their ... Education & Training 2018-06-26
World Heritage Forest Programme Ranging in size from 18 hectares (Vallée de Mai, Seychelles), to 8.8 million hectares (Lake Baikal, Russian Federation), World Heritage ... Forests
Conservation of Natural Sites
Climate Change
World Heritage Marine Programme Galápagos Islands
Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek
Everglades National Park
Great Barrier Reef
Aldabra Atoll
Lord Howe Island Group
Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve
Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park
St Kilda
Sian Ka'an
Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture
Sundarbans National Park
Banc d'Arguin National Park
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
Heard and McDonald Islands
Shark Bay, Western Australia
Ujung Kulon National Park
Komodo National Park
Macquarie Island
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Ha Long Bay
Gough and Inaccessible Islands
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
The Sundarbans
Cocos Island National Park
East Rennell
New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands
High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Area de Conservación Guanacaste
Península Valdés
Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves
Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems
Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California
West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary
Socotra Archipelago
Wadden Sea
Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Ogasawara Islands
Ningaloo Coast
Rock Islands Southern Lagoon
Archipiélago de Revillagigedo
World HeritageMarine Programme 4 focus areas Safeguarding Our core task: ensuring the long-term conservation of World Heritage ... Marine & coastal 2019-02-04
Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape On 10 November 2011 UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the new Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape by acclamation, the first such ... Cities 2019-04-11
World Heritage Volunteers Initiative Within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative was launched in 2008 in ... Education & Training 2019-05-02