Location and Values: Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the southern US State of New Mexico protects more than 100 outstanding limestone caves that are notable world-wide because of their size, mode of origin, and the abundance, diversity and beauty of the speleothems (decorative rock formations) they contain.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s recent Conservation Outlook Assessment the conservation status of the Carlsbad Caverns site is ‘good with some concerns’. The IUCN report notes that ‘the cave resources which form the basis of its Outstanding Universal Value are well protected yet additional staff could be used to monitor people passing through the cave, in particular, as park visitation is increasing. However, the site will be able to maintain current biodiversity only with heightened diligence, funding and direction, particularly to address the threat of invasive species. There are no current threats to the geological values of the site for which it was inscribed. But increased oil and gas development can increase contamination of water resources and pollution (gas) could threaten all cave resources.’
Official UNESCO Site Details
IUCN Conservation Outlook
UNEP-WCMC Site Description