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Our Mission

We believe in the power of communities to help solve our planet’s most urgent issues. By coming together to reconnect with, protect and respect nature, we can all help to turn the tide on biodiversity loss, wildlife suffering, and the climate crisis.

Wildlife Heritage Areas celebrate places where local people are committed to further a deep and respectful connection between people and nature. We are a solutions-focused and positive-minded programme designed to showcase how culture, responsible tourism, and solutions for coexistence can create a better future for places, nature, and people.

Wildlife Heritage Areas:

June 2023

Beta website launches alongside request for first applications

July 2023

First NGO wildlife specialists receive online training to assess applications

October 2023

Wildlife Heritage Areas launches with announcements on the first designated areas

February 2024

First global directory of responsible wildlife watching guidelines released

March 2024

Journalists to visit newly designated Wildlife Heritage Areas and report on progress  

June 2024

International Review Panel formed to conduct second tier review of designated areas

October 2024

Wildlife Heritage Network launches to support the Wildlife Heritage Area programme