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Outstanding Universal Value

According to UNESCO, “Outstanding Universal Value means cultural and/or natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and to be of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity.”

Natural sites, like the Okefenokee may be assessed according to at least one of four criteria which are:

(vii) to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;

(viii) to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth’s history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;

(ix) to 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;

(x) to 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.

We believe the Okefenokee qualifies on at least three of these criteria:

Significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the development of ecosystems and communities of plants and animals

Containing the most important natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including threatened species

Photos: Chris Funk, USFWS, Tom Wilson

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