|May 2003||The Committee to Review Candidates of World Natural Heritage of Japan selected the Ogasawara Islands, along with Shiretoko (Hokkaido) and the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa), as a candidate for the UNESCO World Natural Heritage designation.|
|January 29, 2007||A Tentative List, including Ogasawara, was submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre to announce the country’s intention to nominate the islands as a World Natural Heritage site.|
|January, 2010||The Nomination describing the significance of the Ogasawara Islands was submitted to the World Heritage Centre along with the Ogasawara Islands Management Plan, a plan for conservation of the heritage values for the future.|
|July 2010||The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an advisory body of UNESCO, conducted an on-site survey at the Ogasawara Islands. IUCN recognized the measures by the Village to mitigate the impact of introduced non-native species, as well as cooperative work with the related organizations and NPOs, and also requested enlargement of the protected oceanic area and more detailed explanation of the buffer zone.|
|May 7, 2011||IUCN recommended UNESCO to designate the Ogasawara Islands as a World Natural Heritage site.|
|June 24, 2011||The 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee formally designated the Ogasawara Islands as a World Natural Heritage site.|
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