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World Heritage

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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World Heritage Review n°70 Synergies to Protect Sites

December 2013
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 ...

World Heritage Review n°69 World Heritage agricultural landscapes

October 2013
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. ...

World Heritage Review n°68 World Heritage in Cambodia

June 2013
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 Review n°67 - World Heritage and Best Practices

April 2013
Table of Contents In Focus World Heritage: cooperation, communication and capacity buildingThe inscription of a site can result in specific preservation ...

World Heritage Review n°66 Small Island Developing States

February 2013
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, ...

World Heritage Review n°65 Sustainable Development

October 2012
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 ...

World Heritage Review n°64

June 2012
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°63 World Heritage and outstanding natural beauty

May 2012
Table of contents Scenic natural beauty How can it be judged? The sites inscribed under criterion vii, known commonly as having the “wow” effect, are more ...

World Heritage Review n°62 World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples

February 2012
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, ...

World Heritage n°61 World Heritage Forests

October 2011
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 n°60 World Heritage in the Gulf Region

June 2011
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 n°59 Living with Water

March 2011
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 ...

World Heritage Review n°58 Part threat, part hope The challenge of tourism

November 2010
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 ...

World Heritage Review n°57 World Heritage in Brazil

July 2010
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 Review n°56 Biodiversity

June 2010
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°55 World Heritage Cities

March 2010
Table of Contents In Focus 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 Review n°54 Astronomy and World Heritage

October 2009
Table of Contents 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 ...

World Heritage Review n°53 World Heritage in Spain

June 2009
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 n°52 Earth heritage : A common past… and future

May 2009
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 ...

World Heritage n°51

December 2008
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. The ...

World Heritage n°50 Special Issue: Canadian World Heritage

June 2008
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 ...

World Heritage n°49 World Heritage and Biodiversity

April 2008
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 n°48 Earthen Architecture

January 2008
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 ...

World Heritage n°47

October 2007
In Focus 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°46 Special issue: World Heritage in New Zealand

June 2007
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°45

March 2007
In Focus 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) The ...

World Heritage Review n°44

November 2006
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: In Focus New World ...

World Heritage Review n°43 Special issue: World Heritage in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

July 2006
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, ...

World Heritage Review n°42

June 2006
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°41

October 2005
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°40

July 2005
Special Issue - South Africa Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park, Protecting 'the Roof of Africa' World Heritage on the African Continent. A brief overview Mapungubwe National ...

World Heritage Review n°39

March 2005
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°38

December 2004
Dubrovnick Restored Spectacular Yosemite Valparaiso, a Window on the Pacific The Frankincense Trail

World Heritage Review n°37

September 2004
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°36

June 2004
Special issue China Imperial Sites and Gardens Natural Wonders Mastery of Water Footprints of Faith Discovering Ancient Cities

World Heritage Review n°35

April 2004
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°34

January 2004
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°33

October 2003
Life of the Buddha in World Heritage New Sites on the World Heritage List Belize Coral Reef Cinque Terre Mesa Verde National Park

World Heritage Review n°32

August 2003
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°31

June 2003
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°30

April 2003
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°29

March 2003
Minaret of Jam Cuzco Centre of the Andean World Lamu Coral garden of the Swahili East Rennell a Pacific gem Paramaribo

World Heritage Review n°28

January 2003
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°27

December 2002
The Slave Route New World Heritage Sites Quseir Amra and its fresco paintings Gunung Mulu National Park Jesuit Missions of Córdoba Old City of Acre

World Heritage Review n°26

July 2002
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°25

May 2002
Modern Architecture Zanzibar Stone Town Ichkeul a wetland in search of water Trinidad de Cuba The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz

World Heritage Review n°23

January 2002
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 And also... ...

World Heritage Review n°24

March 2002
New World Heritage Sites Ancient Merv Queen of cities Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Arequipa a white city of volcanic stone

World Heritage Review n°22

November 2001
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 And also... World Heritage in Danger What is ICCROM? News

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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