The exceptional environmental conditions of Fernando de Noronha called the attention of environmental experts of the whole world and of preservation organisms involved in the struggle for nature protection.
This interest in the archipelago led the UNESCO to recommend granting a title, which should acknowledge these special conditions, thus inscribing the archipelago in the list of places considered as "World Heritage".
A detailed proposition document was prepared, identifying every thing that could feature this environmental patrimony and increased by information concerning the marks of man's presence during the almost 500 years of interferences.
Along the year 2001 the sent documentation was analysed and technical visits were conducted by specialists, which analysed the conditions "in loco" and issued a positive concept. Therefore, on December 13, 2001 Fernando de Noronha was inscribed in the selected group of special recognized places with the title of "SITE OF THE NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE".
The corresponding diploma was handed over one year later, on December 27, 2002.
With this honourable title the responsibility of those who live or visit Fernando de Noronha increases and they assume the liability of contributing for a rigid preservation, following the established rules in the "Management Plan" of the National Marine Reserve of Fernando de Noronha.