Login / Register (0)

UNESCO Natural Sites

Map No.

136

“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.” (quoted from the UNESCO website)

The UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites plays a central role in these efforts. While on the one hand many states and places aim for inclusion on the World Heritage Site list as it can help boost tourism, the official approval also comes with the cost and effort to preserving and protecting the site adequately which can be a costly and complicated issue. Unlike cultural heritage sites, natural heritage is found in a more widespread distribution across the world as their maintenance seems to be less of a barrier towards their preservation. They are also much smaller in number (206 in 2017) and therefore less unequally distributed as their cultural equivalents.

Share

Purchase map use license. Includes high-resolution map.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial - ShareAlike 4.0 International License. For any commercial use (including in publishing) a map use license needs to be obtained.

Technical Notes

This map shows territories proportional to the number of Natural World Heritage sites there in 2017.

Data sources
This map uses data from the UNESCO World Heritage List (last accessed January 2018).

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

Download data file

Explore More

Back to top

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Your email will only be used for the newsletter and not be passed on to any third parties. Read our privacy statement for more info.