Camels crossing the desert near Africa's highest sand dunes at Temet, Air and Tenere Natural Reserves world heritage site, NigerElephants crossing the Zambezi river in Mana Pools National Park world heritage site, ZimbabweIce cliffs near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park world heritage site, TanzaniaBlack 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 (see below for description):

Slideshow description: The slideshow begins with a selection of underwater photos of marine life in the Red Sea, followed by a series on Ras Mohamed National Park in Egypt.  This is located at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula and is one of the 12 (existing or proposed) marine protected areas identified as being of regional or global significance by the Regional Organisation for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERGSA).  The park is relatively small (480km2), but famous as a superlative dive site with an extraordinary diversity of marine life and environments.  The slideshow illustrates some of the features of the terrestrial parts of the park, its shoreline habitats, and its crystal clear aquamarine waters.  It is a popular tourist destination, close to the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, and its waters are dotted with cruise boats and dive vessels. The slideshow concludes with a couple of photos of a small area of mangroves, an important habitat for the protection of young fish that is highly threatened in the Red Sea area.


Links:  Google Earth | Official UNESCO Site Details (Ras Mohammed, Egypt) (Sanganeb, Sudan)   


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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