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Launched in 2002 in an effort to publish a series on various World Heritage subjects, the series will include: papers related to World Heritage issues; reports from seminars, workshops and meetings; and manuals aimed at facilitating the implementation of the World Heritage Convention for its various actors. This series is targeted mainly at World Heritage experts, national and local authorities and site managers.

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December 2016
The Future of the World Heritage Convention for Marine Conservation. Celebrating 10 years of the World Heritage Marine Programme

The 1972 World Heritage Convention is founded on the premise of international cooperation. It recognizes that some places are of irreplaceable value to humankind, and ...

July 2016
World Heritage in the High Seas: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Oceans cover 70% of our planet. Nearly two-thirds of it lies beyond the jurisdiction of nations. These marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) cover half our planet. They contain natural wonders equivalent to those on land such as the Grand ...

May 2016
Understanding World Heritage in Europe and North America Final Report on the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, 2012-2015

What is the current status of World Heritage in Europe and North America? How do national heritage policies contribute to the protection of World Heritage properties in the ...

July 2016
Human Origin Sites and the World Heritage Convention in the Americas

The Americas were the last continents to be colonized, very recently in the two-million-year long history of humankind and were the culmination of a long progression of ...

September 2015
Human Origin Sites and the World Heritage Convention in Eurasia

The purpose of this publication and its two volumes is to present the reader with a panorama of Human Origins in Eurasia, by bringing together key papers written by leading ...

November 2014
Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World Heritage

Recent policy and conceptual developments in World Heritage, and in conservation generally, set the stage for new approaches that engage indigenous and local communities in World Heritage. The inclusion of communities as one of the five Strategic ...

November 2014
Human origin sites and the World Heritage Convention in Asia

Prehistoric sites are the cornerstone for research into the origins of humanity, its evolution and social development – but they are underrepresented in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We are all familiar with iconic prehistoric sites in Africa, Latin ...

August 2014
Safeguarding Precious Resources for Island Communities

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are some of the most beautiful places on Earth, with atolls of white sand beaches, mountain ranges, historic ports and towns, and ...

May 2014
Climate Change Adaptation for Natural World Heritage Sites – A Practical Guide

There is an increasing concern worldwide over the threats posed by climate change to World Heritage properties, with negative consequences for human well-being. As the impacts ...

December 2013
Earthen Architecture in Today’s World

This publication gives an overview of the state of conservation of World Heritage earthen architecture sites as well as outlining the various activities undertaken during the first period of the WHEAP Programme. It reflects on the challenges facing ...

February 2013
Understanding World Heritage in Asia and the Pacific - The Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting 2010-2012

The World Heritage Convention aims to protect the most outstanding cultural and natural heritage places on Earth. Countries (States Parties) that have adhered to the ...

January 2013
World Heritage in a Sea of Islands - Pacific 2009 Programme

The Pacific region covers about one third of total surface area of the earth and comprises over one thousand islands and atolls. This reservoir and the wealth of cultural and natural diversity and traditional knowledge is first and foremost a ...

December 2012
HEADS 2: Human Origin Sites and the World Heritage Convention in Africa

In this, the first in a series of geographically themed examinations of Human Evolution sites in the context of the HEADS (Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals, and Social ...

July 2012
Assessing Marine World Heritage from an Ecosystem Perspective

Contrary to the traditional country-by-country approach, marine World Heritage requires reflection of marine features at larger scales meaningful from an ecosystem ...

May 2012
Community development through World Heritage

Community Development through World Heritage is a direct outcome of the international student exchange programme Sharing Our Heritages, which was sponsored by the Australian Government and the European Union.The programme involved students and lecturers ...

November 2011
Adapting to change: the state of conservation of World Heritage forests in 2011

Beyond providing an overview of the state of conservation of World Heritage forests in general, this publication attempts to provide some welcome thoughts on the relationship ...

July 2011
Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS)

Human evolution-related properties represent a process of evolutionaryaccretion that took place over a vastperiod of time, offering vital insight toscientific, cultural, ...

June 2011
Navigating the Future of Marine World Heritage

Since the early 1980s, forty-three marine sites have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, covering about 1.4 million km2 of ocean surface – an area about the size of the Gulf of Mexico. Each of these forty-three sites represent ...

November 2010
Managing Historic Cities

With over 250 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, cities are one of the most abundant and diverse categories of heritage. This quantity and diversity add to the dynamics of urban heritage conservation, where concepts and approaches are ...

March 2010
Cultural Landscapes

Cultural landscapes are those where human interaction with natural systems has, over a long period, formed a distinctive landscape. These interactions arise from, and cause, cultural values to develop. Managing these values, with their material, physical ...

April 2009
World Heritage and Buffer Zones

Buffer zones are an important tool for conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. All along the history of implementation of the World Heritage Convention, the protection of the “surroundings” of the inscribed properties ...

June 2008
Rock Art in the Caribbean

The purpose of this publication is to report the results of the meeting organized by the World Heritage Centre and the Regional Council of Guadeloupe in May 2006 on the possibility of submitting a transnational serial nomination for the UNESCO World ...

May 2008
Enhancing our Heritage Toolkit, Assessing management effectiveness of natural

The Enhancing Our Heritage Toolkit is the labour of over seven years of site-based ‘learning by doing’efforts and represents an important cooperation of UNESCO ...

May 2007
Climate Change and World Heritage

The 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention is the principal instrument for identifying and protecting, for the benefit of current and future generations, the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the world, and encouraging international cooperation ...

May 2007
World Heritage Forests

Proceedings of the 2nd World Heritage Forest Meeting March 9-11, 2005 Held at Ecole nationale du génie rural des eaux et des forêts (ENGREF)Nancy, France At the first World Heritage Forests meeting in 1998, 72 forest and biodiversity ...

January 2007
Periodic Report and Action Plan, Europe 2005-2006

The Periodic Reporting exercise carried out between 2001 and 2006 provided an opportunity to reflect on the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Europe and this report reflects the situation, at the State Party and site levels, as reported ...

December 2006
American Fortifications and the World Heritage Convention

American Fortifications provide a unique overall vision of a continent and, for this reason, have been recognized as useful scenarios for international cooperation. The results presented here clearly show the need for a continuous effort to enable a ...

June 2006
Periodic Report 2004, Latin America and the Caribbean

The State of the World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean (Summary version, August 2004) Full version (English), May 2004 Full version (spanish), May 2004

January 2006
Promoting and Preserving Congolese Heritage

Conference and workshops proceedings Promoting and Preserving Congolese (DRC) Heritage An International Donors’ Conference organized by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and Natural Sciences Sector With the support of the United Nations ...

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