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The World Heritage Centre is at the forefront of the international community’s efforts to protect and preserve.
From emergency assistance to safeguard properties in danger, to long term conservation, management planning, technical assistance, professional training, public and youth education, and awareness-building, the World Heritage Centre and its partners have developed a series of initiatives and have been actively involved in the implementation of projects, participatory workshops, seminars and training courses.
Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative

Created in 2003 within the framework of the Global Strategy for the balanced, representative and credible World Heritage List, as a pilot ...

Category 2 Centres

Category 2 Centres under the auspices of UNESCO related to World Heritage © UNESCO In recent years, the framework for ...

Climate Change and World Heritage

Climate Change Climate Change and World Heritage © NOAA / Andy Collins / Papahānaumokuākea The issue of the impacts of ...

Cultural Landscapes

There exist a great variety of Landscapes that are representative of the different regions of the world. Combined works of nature and humankind, ...

Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS)

Human Evolution related properties represent a process of evolutionary accretion that took place over a vast period of time, offering vital ...

Initiative on Heritage of Religious Interest

Heritage of Religious Interest UNESCO Initiative on Heritage of Religious Interest © OUR PLACE / Amos Chapple / Samarkand - Crossroad ...

Modern Heritage Programme

At the start of 2001 the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and DOCOMOMO (Working Party for the ...

Natural World Heritage in the Congo Basin

UNESCO has been taking action in the Congo Basin since 2000 in order to improve the conservation and the management of natural World Heritage ...

Reducing Disasters Risks at World Heritage Properties

World Heritage properties, as with all heritage properties, are exposed to natural and man-made disasters which threaten their integrity and ...

Sharing best practices in World Heritage management

The World Heritage Capacity Building Strategy, adopted by the World Heritage Committee in 2011,  responds to the identified needs of a diverse ...

Small Island Developing States Programme

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are some of the most ...

World Heritage and Sustainable Development

Heritage has been absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide ...

World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme

Sustainable Tourism UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme © The photo archives of the Governing Body of ...

World Heritage Centre’s Natural Heritage Strategy

In October 2006 the World Heritage Centre published the UNESCO World Heritage Centre's Natural Heritage Strategy, which was endorsed by the World ...

World Heritage Cities Programme

The World Heritage Cities Programme is one of six thematic programmes formally approved and monitored by the World Heritage Committee. It aims ...

World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP)

Earthen architecture is one of the most original and powerful expressions of our ability to create a built environment with readily available ...

World Heritage Education Programme

The UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, initiated as a UNESCO special project in 1994, gives young people a chance to voice their ...

World Heritage Forest Programme

Ranging in size from 18 hectares (Vallée de Mai, Seychelles), to 8.8 million hectares (Lake Baikal, Russian Federation), World Heritage ...

World Heritage Marine Programme

World HeritageMarine Programme 5 focus areas Conservation Our core task: ensuring the long-term conservation of World Heritage ...

World Heritage Volunteers Initiative

Within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative has been launched since ...