- The UNESCO World Heritage List is a prestigious catalog that recognizes and preserves cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value.
- Established in 1972 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the list aims to safeguard and promote diverse cultural and natural heritage worldwide.
- The list includes over 1,100 sites across the globe.
- Cultural sites on the list range from ancient monuments and historic cities to traditional landscapes and intangible cultural practices.
- Natural sites encompass exceptional ecosystems, landscapes, and geological formations, highlighting Earth’s biodiversity and geological significance.
- Some notable examples of World Heritage Sites include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Pyramids of Egypt, and the Acropolis in Greece.
- Inclusion on the list often enhances global recognition, tourism, and preservation efforts for these significant sites.
- Countries play a crucial role in nominating and managing their designated World Heritage Sites, working in collaboration with UNESCO to ensure their protection for future generations.