Ningaloo Reef (Australia)
Off the west coast of Western Australia, this 260km long reef is one of the major reef systems of the world. Over 200 types of coral grow here, supporting more than 500 species of fish.
Pendjari National Park (Benin, an extension of W National Park of Niger)
The Pendjari National Park is an area of 2755 square kilometres in the far north-west of Benin. The park is part of the WAP complex (W-Arli-Pendjari) which is a vast protected area in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. The hills and cliffs of the Atakora range make the north-west one the most scenic areas of Benin. They provide a wonderful backdrop to the Pendjari National Park, which, in its isolation, remains one of the most interesting in West Africa.
Wudalianchi National Park (China)
Wudalianchi Natural Reserve is located in Dedu County of Heilongjiang Province with an area of 1060 square kilometers. Wudaliangchi Lakes are a series of fives lakes formed between 1719 and 1721 when volcanic eruption shaped one section of a tributary of the Amur into five interconnected lakes. In Wudalianchi area has 14 volcanoes among which twelve are old volcanoes formed more than 10,000 years ago, the two are new formed more than 280 years ago. Wudalianchi area has the most typical and perfect vestiges of modern volcanic eruption in China and the world-know volcanic-related mineral spring water.
Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Germany, an extension of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians, Slovakia and Ukraine)
Germany can be regarded as beech forest country. 26% of the total distribution area of European red beech forests lies in Germany. Numerous types of beech forest only exist here, in the core area of the natural beech forest range. Beech forests therefore account for a significant share of Germany’s biodiversity.
Western Ghats (India)
The Western Ghats or Western Ghauts also known as the Sahyadri Mountains, is a mountain range along the western side of India. It runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain along the Arabian Sea. The Western Ghats block rainfall to the Deccan Plateau. The range starts near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the River Tapti, and runs approximately 1600 km through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India.
Harra Protected Area (Iran)
One of the unique natural sceneries of the coasts of the Persian Gulf in southern Iran is Harra mangrove forests. These forests are particularly found near the Qeshm Island in Harra Protected Area. The Hara tree, known also by its scientific name, Avicennia marina, grows to heights of three to eight meters and has bright green leaves and twigs. The tree is a salt-water plant that is often submerged at high tide. It usually blossoms and bears fruit from mid-July to August, with yellow flowers and a sweet almond-like fruit.
Ogasawara Islands (Japan)
The Ogasawara Islands is the general term for 30 islands of various size scattered over the Pacific Ocean. Located to the south of the Izu Islands, they are made up of three groups of islands. The first group is the Ogasawara Archipelago consisting of Muko-jima, Chichi-jima and Haha-jima islands. The second group is made up of the Io Islands and three other islands. Nishi-no-shima, Minani-tori-shima, and Oki-no-shima islands belong to the third group. The whole area forms a part of Ogasawara National Park.The islands were formed by the protrusions of an ancient underwater volcano, so flatlands are rare and there are many sheer cliffs along the coast. Since the climate is oceanic and subtropical, there is little change in temperature, and the area hardly ever receives snow or frost.
Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley (Kenya)
The Kenya Lakes System consists of three separate but geologically and ecologically related lakes. The lakes are; Lake Elementaita (6,300 ha), Lake Nakuru (18,800ha) and Lake Bogoria (10,700ha) all of which lie in basins on the floor of the Great Rift Valley which transects Kenya North-South.
Trinational Sangha (Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic)
WWF played an important role in founding the Sangha Tri-National Foundation (TNS Foundation), created in March 2007. The TNS Foundation is an independent conservation trust fund that will raise and channel millions of dollars for the protection and management of a trans-boundary forest complex called Sangha Tri-National covering a total surface area of some 28,000 km².
Ke Bang National Park (Viet Nam)
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is situated in a limestone zone of 2,000 km2 in Vietnamese territory and borders another limestone zone of 2,000 km2 of Hin Namno in Laotian territory. The core zone of this national park covers 857.54 km2 and a buffer zone of 1,954 km2.The park was created to protect one of the world’s two largest karst regions with 300 caves and grottoes and also protects the ecosystem of limestone forest of the Annamite Range region in north central coast of Vietnam.
Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (Jamaica)
John Crow Mountains are in the direct path of the easterly winds that flow over the island, abundant precipitation feeds the Rio Grande River’s path to the sea. Warm, moisture-saturated air from the Caribbean is pushed up the slopes by easterly winds. Confronted there by cooler air able to hold less water, clouds dump their excess moisture as rain over the mountain slopes. Sometimes over 39 inches (1 m) of rain a year falls here, making this region one of the wettest places on Earth.
Wadi Rum (Jordan)
Wadi Rum is a protected area covering 720 square kilometers of dramatic desert wilderness in the south of Jordan. Huge mountains of sandstone and granite emerge, sheer-sided, from wide sandy valleys to reach heights of 1700 meters and more. Narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains and many conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the peoples of the desert over millennia. Bedouin tribes still live among the mountains of Rum and their large goat-hair tents are a special feature of the landscape.
Saloum Delta (Senegal)
Saloum Delta National Park or Parc National du Delta du Saloum in Senegal is a 76,000 – hectare national park in Senegal. Established in 1976, it is situated within the delta of the Sine and Saloumrivers.The park, which is also a Ramsar Convention site, lies within a 180,000-hectare biosphere reserve. Waters comprise 61,000 hectares of the park, intertidal mangroves and saltwater vegetation cover 7,000 hectares, and savanna and forest cover 8,000 hectares. It lies on the East Atlantic Flyway. The bird species that breed or winter in the area include Royal Tern, Greater Flamingo, Eurasian Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, and Little Stint.