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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 323; doi:10.3390/su8040323

Making the Most of World Natural Heritage—Linking Conservation and Sustainable Regional Development?

University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment; Hallerstrasse 10, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 31 January 2016 / Revised: 14 March 2016 / Accepted: 21 March 2016 / Published: 31 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

Today, more than 1000 World Heritage (WH) sites are inscribed on UNESCO’s list, 228 of which are natural and mixed heritage sites. Once focused primarily on conservation, World Natural Heritage (WNH) sites are increasingly seen as promoters of sustainable regional development. Sustainability-oriented regions, it is assumed, are safeguards for conservation and positively influence local conservation goals. Within UNESCO, discussions regarding the integration of sustainable development in official policies have recently gained momentum. In this article, we investigate the extent to which WNH sites trigger sustainability-oriented approaches in surrounding regions, and how such approaches in turn influence the WNH site and its protection. The results of the study are on the one hand based on a global survey with more than 60% of the WNH sites listed in 2011, and on the other hand on a complementary literature research. Furthermore, we analyze the policy framework necessary to support WNH sites in this endeavor. We conclude that a regional approach to WNH management is necessary to ensure that WNH sites support sustainable regional development effectively, but that the core focus of WNH status must remain environmental conservation. View Full-Text
Keywords: World Heritage; World Natural Heritage sites; sustainable regional development; regional approach; nature/environmental conservation World Heritage; World Natural Heritage sites; sustainable regional development; regional approach; nature/environmental conservation
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Conradin, K.; Hammer, T. Making the Most of World Natural Heritage—Linking Conservation and Sustainable Regional Development? Sustainability 2016, 8, 323.

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