Latin America and the Caribbean
The Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region possesses a rich cultural and natural heritage. The 33 countries have ratified the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Region counts with 138 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List as follows:
From archeological pre-Hispanic sites, exceptionally well preserved historical centres, breathtaking natural sites with exquisite, bio diverse landscapes, the Region’s World Heritage serves as a basis for further strengthening sustainable development and the role of local communities which is vital for heritage protection and management. A well protected World Heritage site contributes directly to environmental, social and economic development and helps better the life of the local community. This process constitutes a great challenge for the years to come, both for the State Parties to the Convention and for UNESCO.
The Periodic Reporting process
in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region
© UNESCO / Final meeting in Santiago de Chile, 2012 on the Periodic Reporting for LAC
Second Cycle (2013)
The objective of the Second Cycle was to the strengthen States Parties' capacities in order to contribute to the completion of the Retrospective Inventory exercise and the Retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in the LAC Region. Its official launch took place during the 35th Session of the Committee in 2011.
First Cycle (2004)
The First cycle was implemented in accordance with the World Heritage reporting mechanisms (1998) and the strategic objectives of the Convention (2002). This report constitutes the first periodic report on the state of World Heritage in the LAC Region and was examined by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004).
As follow up of Decision 37 COM 10A adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session (Phnom Penh–2013) and based on the results of the 2nd cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise, the LAC States Parties, in close cooperation with the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and Category 2 Centres started working on the development of regional and sub-regional action plans.
Regional and subregional Action Plans
At its 38th session (Doha, 2014), the Committee congratulated the LAC States Parties for their efforts and adopted the Action Plan for World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean 2014-2024 and encouraged States Parties to continue working with the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and the Category II Centres to develop sub-regional action plans (Decision 38 COM 10B.4)
Sub-regional Action Plan for Central America and Mexico (upcoming)
Capacity Building is one of the key issues in the Region.
The Second cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise identified the lack of management capacity and expertise as one of the pressing needs in some countries from the region preventing them from ensuring better protection for the World Heritage sites within their territory. In this context, the regional action plan (PARALC 2015-2024) outlines a Capacity Building Strategy (EFCAS) in order to support the Category 2 Centres in the Region in elaborating Capacity Building strategies and programmes tailored to the specific needs of the 3 LAC sub-regions (South America, Central America and the Caribbean) aiming to address their most urgent requirements.to support the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
The projects financed with extra-budgetary resources form an essential part of the Action Plan of World Heritage for the Region. They support several conservation and management activities, which cannot be supported only with regular budget funds. Thanks to these donors and partners, WHC-LAC is able to enhance its action regarding conservation, management, technical assistance, seminars, workshops, training courses, database creation and others.
LAC UNESCO field partners
Conservation, protection and capacity building activities in the region are carried out through reinforced cooperation among the States Parties, the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and UNESCO Offices in the field. The network of field offices plays an essential role in the implementation of specific activities.
Category II Centers
Created in order to assist and support the States Parties of the three LAC sub-regions to implement the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Two centres have been created: the Rio de Janeiro Centre for the South American sub-region and the Zacatecas Centre for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
- Caribbean Capacity Building Programme (CCBP)
- Category 2 Centres LAC
- Culture and Development: World Heritage in the Caribbean
- LAC Action Plan 2014-2024
- LAC Extra-budgetary Projects
- Periodic Reporting 1st Cycle: Latin America and the Caribbean (2004)
- Periodic Reporting 2nd Cycle : Latin America and the Caribbean (2013)
- Congonhas Museum will be inaugurated at World Heritage site Wednesday, 9 December 2015
- World Heritage Centre Director and Panama Minister of Environment discuss conservation issues in Coiba National Park Wednesday, 11 November 2015
- Pilot module for the Capacity Building Programme for South America from the Category 2 Centre, Lucio Costa Centre 03-Oct-2016-07-Oct-2016
- Public call for Research projects from the Category II Centre, Lucio Costa Centre 15-May-2015-14-Aug-2015
- Second Public call for Submissions from the Category II Centre, Lucio Costa Centre 15-May-2015-14-Jul-2015
- Sub-Regional meeting on the Caribbean Action Plan for World Heritage 2014-2019 26-Nov-2014-28-Nov-2014
- Public call for article submissions from the Category II Centre, Lucio Costa Centre 07-May-2014-05-Jul-2014
- Towards an Action Plan for World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean 2014-2024 23-Apr-2014-25-Apr-2014
- International meeting: UNESCO Conventions – An articulated vision from Ibero-America 22-Oct-2013-25-Oct-2013
- Final Meeting of the Second Cycle of the Periodic Reporting Exercise for Latin America and the Caribbean, 3-5 December 2012, Santiago, Chile 02-Dec-2012-05-Dec-2012
- Meeting: Towards a plan for the international conservation of Maya sites inscribed on the World Heritage List 29-Oct-2012-30-Oct-2012
- Periodic Reproting LAC: 2nd Cycle - South America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 07-Dec-2010-01-Dec-2010