Case studies – WH benefits to countries

Benefits of World Heritage in marine/Africa contexts

Building on the technical and policy work conducted in 2012 – 2013 in the region, four case studies have been developed to showcase both the intended benefits (in terms of protection of WH values) and additional benefits (in many cases economic) of a site receiving World Heritage listing. These benefits can significantly stimulate economic activity and the livelihoods of people living in and adjacent to the World Heritage sites, and provide compelling arguments for how countries can benefit from World Heritage listing.

In addition, the IUCN report at right documents more generally benefits of natural World Heritage sites at local and national levels, for people and economies, as well as nature protection.


The completed case studies are presented as web-pages on the regional project website at VLIZ, and can also be downloaded below:

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles


iSimangaliso, South Africa


Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania


Phoenix Islands, Kiribati