The great pyramids at Giza, EgyptElephants crossing the Zambezi river in Mana Pools National Park world heritage site, ZimbabweThe great mosque in the Old Towns of Djenne world heritage site, MaliBlack and white ruffed lemur, Rainforests of the Atsinanana world heritage site, Madagascar

The Red Sea - Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti (and Arab States)

Map showing the location of selected Red Sea protected areas (in Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Arab States) with World Heritage Site potentialConsidered to have potential as a future World Heritage Site

Location and Area: A trans-frontier serial site reflecting the range of unique values of the Red Sea would be the best option for a new world heritage site.  The Regional Organisation for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERGSA) has identified 12 proposed or declared marine protected areas that are of regional and/or global significance and this would provide a strong basis for further study to select suitable areas for a nomination (see map)

Inscription Status:  RasMohamedNational Park is included on Egypt’s Tentative List (2015), and the Sanganeb area (Sudan) has been nominated (most recently in 2015) as a ‘stand-alone’ site. 

Important Values:  The Red Sea is home to a massive concentration of threatened and exceptional coral reef biodiversity.  A wide range of marine habitats supports hard and soft coral, fish, turtles and marine mammals.  .


Slideshow of The Red Sea

Comparison with other sites:

Possible constraints to world heritage listing:


Links:  Google Earth | UNEP-WCMC Site Description |Official UNESCO Site Details | WWF Project NewsBirdlife IBA     

Camels At Ras Mohammed National Park at the southern tip of Egypt's Sinai PeninsulaShoreline coral reefs in Ras Mohammed National Park (Egypt), one of the Red Sea protected areas with potential for world heritage listingThe water clarity and spectacular marine biodiversity of the Red Sea make it a divers paradise, and potential world heritage siteClown anemone fish are widespread throughout the Red Sea Reefs (a potential world heritage site)



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