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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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April 2014
World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism

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 ...

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December 2013
Synergies to Protect Sites

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 extinction and the ...

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October 2013
World Heritage agricultural landscapes

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 systems ...

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June 2013
World Heritage in Cambodia

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 ...

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April 2013
World Heritage and Best Practices

Table of Contents In Focus World Heritage: cooperation, communication and capacity buildingThe inscription of a site can result in specific preservation challenges, making skilled and sustainable management practices crucial to protect its Outstanding ...

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February 2013
Small Island Developing States

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, providing ...

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October 2012
Sustainable Development

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 ...

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June 2012
World Heritage in the Russian Federation

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 ...

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May 2012
World Heritage and outstanding natural beauty

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 than just stunning landscapes, and we take a close look at their unique qualities and ...

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February 2012
World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples

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, but the ...

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October 2011
World Heritage Forests

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 International ...

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June 2011
World Heritage in the Gulf Region

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 ...

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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