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Capacity Building

World Heritage Capacity-Building Programme Understanding, managing and conserving World Heritage properties requires up-to-date knowledge and well-honed skills. To help build the ...

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World Heritage Marine Programme

World HeritageMarine Programme 50 flagship marine protected areas of Outstanding Universal Value: Beacons of Hope In a Changing Ocean © What we do State of ...

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Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI)

Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative(CAWHFI) © Ralf Fisher / Tri-national de la Sangha Covering an area estimated at 1.62 million km2, the forests of Central Africa are home ...

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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. The programme concerns the development of a theoretical framework for urban ...

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Category 2 Centres

In recent years, the framework for training and research in the field of World Heritage has changed significantly. Among the factors that have contributed to these rapid changes, is the emerging of many new ...

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Climate Change and World Heritage

World Heritage properties are affected by the impacts of climate change at present and in the future. Their continued preservation requires understanding these impacts to their Outstanding Universal Value and ...

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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, they express a long and intimate relationship between peoples and ...

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Initiative on Heritage of Religious Interest

There exist a great variety of religious and sacred sites that are representative of the different cultures and traditions of the world. Approximately 20 percent of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage ...

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Natural World Heritage

The World Heritage Convention is one of the most successful international instruments to recognize the most exceptional natural places in the world, characterized by their outstanding biodiversity, ecosystems, ...

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Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery

Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery © Post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction became an increasingly important issue after the destruction of cultural ...

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Reducing Disasters Risks at World Heritage Properties

World Heritage properties and heritage sites in general are exposed to the impacts of natural and man-triggered catastrophic events, which threaten their integrity and may compromise their value. The loss or ...

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World Heritage and Indigenous Peoples

Many cultural and natural World Heritage sites are home to indigenous peoples. As the UNESCO policy on engaging with indigenous peoples recognizes, World Heritage sites are often located within land managed by ...

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World Heritage and Sustainable Development

Heritage was long absent from the mainstream sustainable development debate despite its crucial importance to societies and the wide acknowledgment of its great potential to contribute to social, economic and ...

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World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme

The UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme represents a new approach based on dialogue and stakeholder cooperation where planning for tourism and heritage management is integrated at a destination ...

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World Heritage Education Programme

World Heritage Education Programme © UNESCO 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 Programme for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

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

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Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

On 10 November 2011 UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the new Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape by acclamation, the first such instrument on the historic environment issued by UNESCO in 35 years.

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World Heritage Volunteers Initiative

Within the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Initiative was launched in 2008 in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee for International ...

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