Nomination of the Ilulissat Icefjord for inclusion in the World Heritage List

Naja Mikkelsen (Editor), Torsten Ingerslev (Editor)

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Ilulissat Icefjord is a scientifically unique area and, from an aesthetic point of view, an area of extreme beauty. The present nomination document proposes that the unique nature of the Icefjord be recognised through the award of World Heritage Site status, in particular because of its international importance for the Earth sciences, exhibiting a full range of important glaciological features, and because of its natural beauty. The nomination describes the glaciology and beauty of the site and also the impact that the Icefjord has imposed on the history of human development in this part of Greenland.

Achieving of long-term protection and positive management of the nominated site is a central concern of the proposal. Work towards this nomination has involved active local, national and international consultation, and the principles and priorities for management have been established through thorough debate. A management plan approved by the local authorities outlines the future management of the nominated area.

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland has prepared the nomination document with the assistance and advice of many people and institutions. It is envisaged that a World Heritage Site status would provide an important contribution to the long-term conservation of the Ilulissat Icefjord area and ensure that its Earth science interests are also recognised in the future.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDe Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland
Number of pages136
ISBN (Print)87-7871-106-1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate


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