A wilderness approach under the World Heritage Convention

Kormos, Cyril F., Bertzky, Bastian, Jaeger, Tilman, Shi, Yichuan, Badman, Tim, Hilty, Jodi A., Mackey, Brendan G., Mittermeier, Russell A., Locke, Harvey, Osipova, Elena and Watson, James E.M. (2015) A wilderness approach under the World Heritage Convention. Conservation Letters, 9 3: 228-235. doi:10.1111/conl.12205

Author Kormos, Cyril F.
Bertzky, Bastian
Jaeger, Tilman
Shi, Yichuan
Badman, Tim
Hilty, Jodi A.
Mackey, Brendan G.
Mittermeier, Russell A.
Locke, Harvey
Osipova, Elena
Watson, James E.M.
Title A wilderness approach under the World Heritage Convention
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2015-11-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/conl.12205
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page 228
End page 235
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The World Heritage Convention could make a bigger and more systematic contribution to global wilderness conservation by: (1) ensuring the World Heritage List includes full coverage of Earth's wilderness areas with outstanding universal value and (2) more effectively protecting the ecological integrity of existing World Heritage sites. Here, we assess current coverage of global-scale wilderness areas within natural World Heritage sites and identify broad gaps where new wilderness sites should be identified for inclusion in the World Heritage List. We also consider how existing mechanisms under the Convention can improve the ecological integrity of existing sites by expanding or buffering them, and by promoting connectivity between World Heritage sites, between World Heritage sites and other protected areas, or both. We suggest that the Convention should consider a new mechanism called a “World Heritage Wilderness Complex” to facilitate a wilderness approach. Finally, we map three landscapes and one seascape to illustrate how World Heritage Wilderness Complexes might be implemented.
Keyword Climate change
World Heritage
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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