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2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are some of the most ...
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Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative

Created in 2003 within the framework of the Global Strategy for the balanced, representative and credible World Heritage List, as a pilot ...
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Category 2 Centres under the auspices of UNESCO related to World Heritage

In recent years, the framework for training and research in the field of World Heritage has changed significantly. Among the factors that have ...
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Climate Change and World Heritage

The issue of the impacts of climate change on World Heritage natural and cultural properties was brought to the attention of the 29th session of ...
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Cultural Landscapes

There exist a great variety of Landscapes that are representative of the different regions of the world. Combined works of nature and humankind, ...
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Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS)

Human Evolution related properties represent a process of evolutionary accretion that took place over a vast period of time, offering vital ...
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Initiative on Heritage of Religious Interest

"As cultures encompass lifestyles, different ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs, the protection and promotion of ...
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Modern Heritage Programme

At the start of 2001 the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and DOCOMOMO (Working Party for the ...
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Natural World Heritage in the Congo Basin

UNESCO has been taking action in the Congo Basin since 2000 in order to improve the conservation and the management of natural World Heritage ...
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Reducing Disasters Risks at World Heritage Properties

World Heritage properties, as with all heritage properties, are exposed to natural and man-made disasters which threaten their integrity and ...
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Sharing best practices in World Heritage management

The World Heritage Capacity Building Strategy, adopted by the World Heritage Committee in 2011,  responds to the identified needs of a ...
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State of conservation information system

Article 4 of the World Heritage Convention refers to the conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and indicates that ...
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World Heritage and Sustainable Development

Heritage has been absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide ...
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World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme

For the past 40 years the UNESCO World Heritage Convention has conserved, protected and presented the Outstanding Universal Value of ...
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World Heritage Centre’s Natural Heritage Strategy

In October 2006 the World Heritage Centre published the UNESCO World Heritage Centre's Natural Heritage Strategy, which was endorsed by the World ...
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World Heritage Cities Programme

The World Heritage Cities Programme is one of six thematic programmes formally approved and monitored by the World Heritage Committee. It aims to ...
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World Heritage Earthen Architecture Programme (WHEAP)

Earthen architecture is one of the most original and powerful expressions of our ability to create a built environment with readily available ...
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World Heritage Education Programme

The UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, initiated as a UNESCO special project in 1994, gives young people a chance to voice their ...
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World Heritage Forest Programme

Ranging in size from 18 hectares (Vallée de Mai, Seychelles), to 8.8 million hectares (Lake Baikal, Russian Federation), World Heritage ...
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World Heritage Marine Programme

World HeritageMarine Programme 5 focus areas Conservation Our core task: ensuring the long-term conservation of World Heritage ...
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World Heritage Volunteers

The World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) initiative was launched in 2008 to mobilize and involve young people and youth organizations in ...
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