Namib Sand Sea: World Heritage Site

The Namib Sand Sea was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on Friday 21st June 2013. This followed an immense amount of work by a dedicated team who prepared and compiled Namibia's submission to UNESCO.

» World Heritage Site nomination dossier (34 MB)

» World Heritage Site nomination dossier - annexes (22 MB)

What is a World Heritage Site?

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance

What is UNESCO?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

UNESCO's World Heritage mission is to:

  • encourage countries to sign the World Heritage Convention and to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage;
  • encourage States Parties to the Convention to nominate sites within their national territory for inclusion on the World Heritage List;
  • encourage States Parties to establish management plans and set up reporting systems on the state of conservation of their World Heritage sites;
  • help States Parties safeguard World Heritage properties by providing technical assistance and professional training;
  • provide emergency assistance for World Heritage sites in immediate danger;
  • support States Parties' public awareness-building activities for World Heritage conservation;
  • encourage participation of the local population in the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage;
  • encourage international cooperation in the conservation of our world's cultural and natural heritage.

Relevant literature

  • Report on the IUCN evaluation mission to Namibia 16 to 26 September 2012

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  • World Heritage Site nomination dossier

    Comprehensive dossier compiled for the Namib Sand Sea World Heritage Site nomination
  • World Heritage Site nomination dossier - annexes

    Comprehensive dossier compiled for the Namib Sand Sea World Heritage Site nomination (annexes)