World Heritage areas are the most exceptional and unique places on Earth.

In 1972, worldwide concern over the destruction of the Earth’s cultural and natural heritage led to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) establishing the World Heritage Convention to identify, celebrate and protect the Earth’s irreplaceable natural and cultural heritage, and to ensure it is conserved for all people for all time.

World Heritage status is awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee to sites that are deemed to possess ‘Outstanding Universal Value’ - cultural and/or natural significance so exceptional that it transcends national boundaries and is of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity.

The Australian Government has primary responsibility for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and development of national policy on World Heritage matters. Both State and Commonwealth legislation protect the World Heritage values and prohibit actions that have, or are likely to have, a significant impact on the World Heritage values of a declared property.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is responsible for the implementation of policy and the day to day management for three of the four World Heritage areas in Western Australia;

  • marine turtles
    Marine turtles are found in the ocean
    waters of Shark Bay and Ningaloo
    Photo: ©  Parks and Wildlife
  • staghorn
    Staghorn coral
    Photo: ©  Parks and Wildlife
  • aerial view
    Aerial view of the magnificent diversity
    found at Shark Bay
    Photo: © Parks and Wildlife

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Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Advisory Commitee Friday, 10 November 2017 14:03
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area Friday, 10 November 2017 13:22
Shark Bay World Heritage Advisory Committee Friday, 10 November 2017 13:46
Shark Bay World Heritage Area Friday, 10 November 2017 13:56