Aldabra Atoll

UNESCO RegionAfrica
CoordinatesS9 25 0 E46 25 0
Inscription Date1982
Property (ha)35,000
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
CriteriaTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation
All ThreatsAir transport infrastructure
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number185
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe atoll is comprised of four large coral islands which enclose a shallow lagoon; the group of islands is itself surrounded by a coral reef. Due to difficulties of access and the atoll's isolation, Aldabra has been protected from human influence and thus retains some 152,000 giant tortoises, the world's largest population of this reptile.
StatusWorld Heritage Site