World Heritage is the official UNESCO publication from the World Heritage Centre. Featuring in-depth articles on cultural and natural World Heritage sites. The quarterly review is produced in English, French and Spanish.
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Each year, the special issue of World Heritage coinciding with the annual World Heritage Committee session gives us the opportunity to focus on the heritage of a particular country or region. This year the 38th session of the Committee is hosted ...
Special Issue - World Heritage in Qatar
The World Heritage Convention arose from the need to identify and protect outstanding natural and cultural sites for future generations. Over time, the effectiveness of the Convention has led to an increasing number of sites inscribed on the ...
World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed that the conservation of biodiversity was one of the cornerstones of sustainable development.
They acknowledged that the world was facing an unprecedented wave of species ...
Synergies to Protect Sites
Agricultural landscapes are a testimony to humanity’s long interaction with the land, often unique examples of people and nature coexisting and influencing each other. They demonstrate a rich cultural and landscape diversity, sustainable land-use ...
World Heritage agricultural landscapes
The 37th session of the World Heritage Committee will be held from 16 to 27 June 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This issue explores in the depth the sites of Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, and the Temple of Preah ...
World Heritage in Cambodia
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World Heritage: cooperation, communication and capacity buildingThe inscription of a site can result in specific preservation challenges, making skilled and sustainable management practices crucial ...
World Heritage and Best Practices
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The UNESCO World Heritage Programme for Small Island Developing States coordinates and develops activities in these areas, ...
Small Island Developing States
The issues of World Heritage published during 2012 have largely been devoted to commemorating the adoption of the World Heritage Convention forty years ago, in 1972. This has not been a self-congratulatory exercise but rather an analytical survey, which ...
We are happy to publish this special issue dedicated to the World Heritage sites of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, which the Committee will be celebrating at its meeting in Saint Petersburg ...
World Heritage Review n°64
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Scenic natural beauty
How can it be judged?
The sites inscribed under criterion vii, known commonly as having the “wow” effect, are more than just stunning landscapes, and we take a close look at their unique qualities ...
World Heritage and outstanding natural beauty
This edition of World Heritage is devoted to the enduring relationship between a number of World Heritage sites and the indigenous peoples that inhabit them.
For historical, cultural and practical reasons this is a complex and sensitive matter, ...
World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples
Forests, like mountains and oceans, play a critical role in the balance of world climate (as well as in vital carbon capture and retention) and thus in the survival of our species, hence the United Nations’ decision to designate 2011 as the ...
World Heritage Forests
This special issue is devoted entirely to World Heritage sites belonging to members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. It thus offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of a region that ...
World Heritage in the Gulf Region
Water: its role in human evolution. World Heritage sites offer a wide spectrum of water elements, from glorious water gardens to spectacular aqueducts, grand transport canals to ingenious water mills.
This display of human creativity and ingenuity ...
Living with Water
What are the benefits of World Heritage List inscription? When it brings higher visibility and increased tourism to a site, how can the site still be protected?
Issue 58 of our quarterly magazine explores these questions with a lead article by Jonathan ...
Part threat, part hope The challenge of tourism
Initially protected by the broadest expanses of virtually impenetrable tropical rainforest on Earth, Brazil still takes prides in a stunning variety of species found nowhere else. With giant snakes such as the anaconda, minuscule hummingbirds, iridescent ...
World Heritage in Brazil
There was a time when the world appeared boundless and inexhaustible. We are just beginning to realize that it is both limited and surprisingly vulnerable. It follows that if we are to survive at all as a species, we shall have to learn to see the world ...
World Heritage Review n°56 Biodiversity
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Revising the approach to urban conservation The capacity of historic cities to accommodate and benefit from the radical and rapid changes that accompany urban growth while maintaining heritage values is becoming a critical ...
World Heritage Cities
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Astronomy and World Heritage Astronomical heritage, or cultural heritage relating to the sky, recognizes the relationships between humanity and the cosmos.
From the Maya to the Inca and beyond These ancient cultures confronted their ...
Astronomy and World Heritage
Spain, with its long, complex history and the global character of its territorial and cultural extension, remains marked by a striking diversity of historical influences and regional differences, and it justifiably prides itself on the forty Spanish sites ...
World Heritage in Spain
This issue of World Heritage is devoted to a number of truly extraordinary World Heritage sites that allow a better understanding of the history of the Earth and the formation of landscape. It is no surprise that UNESCO has acknowledged this diversity as ...
Earth heritage : A common past… and future
The greater part of this issue is devoted to the reinstallation of the great stele of Aksum in Ethiopia, an exploit that ranks alongside such major UNESCO achievements as the safeguarding and restoration of the temples of Abu Simbel and Borobudur.
World Heritage n°51
The 14 World Heritage sites of Canada presented in this issue offer a fascinating pattern. Indeed, they reflect key aspects of the evolution of the very concept of World Heritage over the past 32 years.
The sites predictably include historic cities like ...
Special Issue: Canadian World Heritage
A number of World Heritage routes have played a significant part in the history of the five continents – and the way we focus on them in this issue illustrates how far our thinking has evolved in the thirty-five years since the World Heritage ...
World Heritage and Biodiversity
At some time during the past one hundred years or so, the great, multimillennial tradition of earthen architecture, which even today is a dominant technique in every world civilization, fell victim to the Modern Ideal.
Being ‘modern’, some ...
New World Heritage sites 2007 Twenty-two sites were added to the World Heritage List during the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Christchurch, New Zealand, bringing the total of inscribed sites to 851 (p.4)
World Heritage n°47
Special issue on World Heritage sites in New Zealand, at the occasion of the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee held from 23 June to 2 July in Christchurch, New ...
World Heritage n°46 Special issue: World Heritage in New Zealand
Exploring the Spice Route
The Spice Route linked the Mediterranean
basin to the Far East for over 2,500 years. (p.6)
Trade Routes of the Desert
A journey across the desert trails of
the empires of antiquity. (p.22)
World Heritage n°45
This quarterly magazine in English, French and Spanish features in-depth articles on World Heritage sites around the world and superb photographs, as well as the latest news in preservation.
In this issue, you’ll find:
New World ...
World Heritage Review n°44
Special issue on World Heritage sites in the Baltic region, at the occasion of the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee held from July 8-16 in Vilnius, ...
Special issue: World Heritage in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Discover the new look of World Heritage, our quarterly magazine in English, French and Spanish featuring in-depth articles on World Heritage sites around the world and superb photographs, as well as the latest news in preservation.
In Focus: World ...
World Heritage Review n°42
New World Heritage Sites
CITY OF BATH, A Masterpiece of Town Planning
THE KII MOUNTAINS, Harmony between Spirit and Nature
LEPTIS MAGNA, Imperial City in Africa
PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK, A Geological Wonder
World Heritage Review n°41
Special Issue - South Africa
Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
Protecting 'the Roof of Africa'
World Heritage on the African Continent. A brief overview
Mapungubwe National ...
World Heritage Review n°40
The Silk Road: the longest trade route in human history
Central Sikhote-Alin: a natural site in the Russian Federation and a refuge for many endangered species
The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga: an important centre of worship and pilgrimage in ...
World Heritage Review n°39
Valparaiso, a Window on the Pacific
The Frankincense Trail
World Heritage Review n°38
Saving natural sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
World Heritage Focus: partnerships for conservation
The outstanding architecture of the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi in Kazakhstan
The Guanacaste Conservation Area in Costa ...
World Heritage Review n°37
Quebrada de Humahuaca. A Link through the Andes
Vineyards. How Wine-growing Shaped the Landscape
Djenné. Sumptuous Earthen Architecture
Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland
Persepolis. Capital of an Empire
World Heritage Review n°35
Protecting The Amazon
Úbeda and Baeza, Renaissance Towns
Ancient Ksour of Mauritania
Kew Gardens, Treasure House of Botany
My Son, Destruction and Rebirth
World Heritage Review n°34
Goias: a Jewel on Brazil's Rio Vermelho
Mount Kenya National Park
Kasbah of Algiers: a Demanding Restoration
Rhodes: the City of Knights
World Heritage Review n°32
Borobudur, The Glory of Buddhist Art
Baku, City on the Silk Road
Robben Island, a Monument to Courage
Redwood park, Mother Nature's Cathedral
World Heritage Review n°31
Three Centuries of Saint Petersburg
The Smoke that Thunders Victoria Falls
Wooden Buildings of Ancient Nara
Living with a Volcano Antigua Guatemala
Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí
World Heritage Review n°30
Minaret of Jam
Cuzco Centre of the Andean World
Lamu Coral garden of the Swahili
East Rennell a Pacific gem
World Heritage Review n°29
Industrial Heritage in the United Kingdom
Kairouan a Muslim Holy City
Rainforest Sites on the Australian Continental Plateau
Kazan and its Tatar Kremlin
Monte Alban Mexico's first city
World Heritage Review n°28
The Renewal of Venice
The Loire Valley a river with a human touch
Quebec a New World Fortress
The Seychelles a Tale of Two Edens
Modern Cairo and its Islamic Heritage
World Heritage Review n°26
Zanzibar Stone Town
Ichkeul a wetland in search of water
Trinidad de Cuba
The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
World Heritage Review n°25
Sacred Mountains of the World Heritage
Saint-Louis in Senegal a historical capital
Tiwanaku on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Morne Trois Pitons Ecotourism in the Caribbean
Old Town Lunenburg colourful and traditional
World Heritage Review n°23
New World Heritage Sites
Ancient Merv Queen of cities
Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
Arequipa a white city of volcanic stone
World Heritage Review n°24
Doñana, the Great Lady of European Nature
The Alps and the Himalayas by Railway
Bardejov, A Medieval Town to Discover
Dazu, of the Ten Thousand Buddhas
World Heritage in Danger
What is ICCROM?
World Heritage Review n°22
Baroque Architecture in Latin America
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Megalithic Temples of Malta
Shrines and Temples of Nikko
World Heritage in Danger
What is ICCROM?
World Heritage Review n°21
The Destruction of Bamyan
The Netherlands Keeping Water at Bay
Tres Serols Mont Perdu
The Qadisha Valley Heritage Reclaimed
The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
World Heritage in Danger
World Heritage Review n°20
World Heritage Rock Art Sites
Maidan Imam, Isfahan
Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
Ha Long Bay
Working together for Heritage (ICOMOS)
World Heritage in Danger
World Heritage Review n°19
The Great Barrier Reef
Asante Traditional Buildings
I Sassi di Matera
World Heritage Review n°17
Roman Art in Africa
The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Painted Churches of Moldavia
Uxmal, historical and cultural legacy of the Mayas
World Heritage Review n°16
Paris, the Banks of the Seine
The Valdés Peninsula
The Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca
Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar
Interview with the UNESCO Director-General
Historic Town of Tallinn
World Heritage Review n°15
Valley of the Boyne
Colonia del Sacramento
Ujung-Kulon / Krakatau
New World Heritages Sites
World Heritage Review n°14
Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Monastery of Guadalupe
World Heritage Review n°13
Romanesque Art in the World Heritage
The Solovetsky Islands
Old City of Galle
Tikal, the Centre of the Mayan World
Saint Gall Convent
Dja Faunal Reserve
World Heritage Review n°12
Garajonay National Park
Tongariro National Park
Royal Palace of Abomey
World Heritage Review n°11
Quarterly magazine published jointly in English, French and Spanish, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, France and Publishing For Development Ltd., London, United Kingdom.Editorial Director: Kishore Rao (Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre) Managing Editor: Vesna Vujicic-Lugassy Editors: Helen Aprile, Gina Doubleday, Michael Gibson Co-Publisher: Richard Forster Production Editor: Caroline Fort Copy Editors: Caroline Lawrence (English), Brigitte Strauss (French), Luisa Futoransky (Spanish) Editorial Board: ICCROM: Joseph King, ICOMOS: Regina Durighello, IUCN: Tim Badman, UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Nada Al Hassan, Giovanni Boccardi,Guy Debonnet, Feng Jing, Karalyn Monteil, César Moreno-Triana, Mechtild Rössler, Petya Totcharova, UNESCO Publishing: Ian Denison Editorial Assistant: Barbara Blanchard Advertising Fernando Ortiz, Peter Warren