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What is "World Heritage" (4)

~ Criteria for the asssessment of outstanding universal value ~
(Reproduction from the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention)


 A property needs to meet one or more of the following criteria to be admitted to have outstanding universal value.
Natural beauty
A property containing superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic impotance
Geological or geomorphic importance
A property with outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the develpment of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features
Ecosystems
A property with outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological precesses in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
Important habitats
A property containing the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.
NOTE: 10 criteria are listed in the current Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, together with 6 other criteria for the cultural heritages.
To be deemed of outstanding universal value, a property must also meet the conditions of integrity and must have an adequate protection and management system to ensure its safeguarding.
Shiretoko meets two of the above listed criteria, "Ecosystems" and "Important habitats," (according to the justification made by the World Heritage Committee as it inscribed the site to the list.)

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