World Heritage

n°59 - March 2011
Living with Water

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 reveals the brilliance of our common heritage and the potential for future technological advances. By gaining a deeper knowledge of the principles by which societies have managed water resources, we can better discern the optimal strategies for dealing with water scarcity. Issue No. 59 of World Heritage takes a closer look at humanity’s interaction with water over time.

Table of Contents

In Focus

World Heritage: living with water
World Heritage sites offer a wide spectrum of water elements, from glorious water gardens to spectacular aqueducts, grand transport canals to ingenious water mills.

China's World Heritage and water
Water is the foundation of the oldest civilizations, like that of China, which has many World Heritage sites related to water.

Roman aqueducts: engineering in a cultural context
The Roman aqueducts in their cultural context reveal that even something as seemingly straightforward and quantifiable as a public utility is really of a piece with an entire society.

Beemster Polder: turning water into land
The Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) offers a great example of the reclamation of land from the sea.

The Persian paradise garden: its South Asian continuity
Thanks to their sophisticated engineering, luxurious artistic design and verdant, flowering abundance, Persian water gardens are appropriately viewed as representations of paradise on Earth.

Gough and Henderson: treasure islands in danger
Gough and Henderson are sanctuaries of biodiversity, but they are also experiencing severe problems relating to invasive species, and their remoteness makes it difficult to put measures in place.

Close-up

Niger-Loire: glances exchanged on a common resource
The Niger-Loire project supports the development of the communities along the Niger River in Mali through the identification, recognition and valorization of cultural resources and related natural values.

Forum

Interview
Interview with Dr Mohammed El Faïz and Alexander Otte.

Advisory Bodies
ICCROM: Conservation of the Built Heritage - special World Heritage module on urban conservation; ICOMOS case study: water heritage in dry or arid areas.

Conventions
World Heritage and water.

Preservation
First marine site managers' meeting; Sites in Cyprus and Italy granted 'enhanced protection'; Climate change and World Heritage; Religious communities as World Heritage stakeholders; Portuguese Heritage Network; Tragic destruction at Bamiyan-ten years on.

In Danger
DRC recommits to the protection of its sites in danger; Renovation in the Old City of Jerusalem; Operational activities in Afghanistan; Two rhinos translocated to Manas Wildlife Sanctuary.

Outreach
2010-2011 World Heritage map; Panasonic World Heritage calendar released in online version; UNWTO supports World Sky Race; Forum UNESCO – University and Heritage (FUUH) receives award; The Case of the Lost World Heritage.

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Issue
59