191 UN countries have promised to safeguard World Heritage sites for present and future generations. Too often, though, governments are allowing harmful industrial activities to put these places at risk in pursuit of short-term gains, rather than prioritizing long-term sustainable development. World Heritage sites can drive long-term sustainable development, but they need protection. Once they're gone they're gone forever.
Natural World Heritage sites are some of the planet's most extraordinary places. We all have a role in protecting the outstanding universal value that they provide for all humanity.
We know it's possible to protect World Heritage sites. You've already helped us remove major threats to Virunga National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. With your support, we can tackle the problems that are putting precious places at risk..