Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

CountrySri Lanka
UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
CoordinatesN7 27 8.82 E80 48 7.56
Inscription Date2010
Property (ha)56,844
Buffer Zone (ha)72,645
Type of HeritageNatural
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 ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsIllegal activities
All ThreatsInvasive/alien terrestrial species
Unesco Reference Number1203
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=1203
DescriptionSri Lanka's highlands are situated in the south-central part of the island. The property comprises the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest. These montane forests, where the land rises to 2,500 metres above sea-level, are home to an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species such as the western-purple-faced langur, the Horton Plains slender loris and the Sri Lankan leopard. The region is considered a super biodiversity hotspot.
StatusWorld Heritage Site