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Basic Texts of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, Edition December 2023 Basic Texts of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, Edition December 2023 Other materials 2024-02-09
Booklet, 10th Anniversary of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement In 2009, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement, a booklet describing the heritage safeguarding and valorisation activities implemented in the first 10 years (1999-2009), ... Other materials 2024-03-20
Case Studies on the Conservation and Management of Historic Cities Since 2008, the World Heritage Centre, within the framework of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement, supported and participated in the initiative “Developing Historic Cities: Keys for Understanding and Taking ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Culture and Development: World Heritage in the Caribbean The results of the Second Periodic Report on the State of World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean were presented at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), in June ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Engaging Local Communities in the Stewardship of World Heritage (COMPACT) The role of local communities in ensuring that World Heritage contributes to sustainable development was chosen by the World Heritage Committee as the central theme for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ... Other materials 2022-06-27
From Astronomy to Zanzibar Since its inception in 2001, the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust (NFiT) at the World Heritage Centre has served the international heritage community as well as local communities in practically all regions of the world in ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Handbook on Cultural Heritage and Local Development for African Local Governments The handbook "Cultural heritage and local development: A Guide for African local governments", co-edited by the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement and CRATerre-ENSAG in 2006, was designed as a tool for decision ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Satellite-Based Damage Assessment of Cultural Heritage Sites 2015 Summary Report of Iraq, Nepal, Syria & Yemen Iraq · Nepal · Syrian Arab Republic · Yemen Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between UNITAR-UNOSAT and UNESCO in June 2015, cultural heritage around the world has continued to suffer on an unprecedented scale from intentional attacks, ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Support for African local governments in the field of heritage (EU-AIMF project) In 2009, a programme called “Heritage and Development” was initiated under the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement to respond to the requests expressed during the special sessions of the Africities Summits on ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Supporting Community-Based Management and Sustainable Tourism at World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy
Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Indonesia · Malaysia · Philippines Entitled “The Power of Culture: Supporting Community-Based Management and Sustainable Tourism at World Heritage sites in South-East Asia,  the UNESCO Office in Jakarta with the technical assistance of the UNESCO ... Other materials 2022-06-27
The Invention of "World Heritage" AFUS, the Association of Former Unesco Staff Members, takes pleasure in presenting this second Paper published by its History Club. As you may recall, the Club is the offspring of a commonplace observation, namely, ... Other materials 2022-03-05
The Inventory of the historic city of Sana'a: a tool for urban conservation Old City of Sana'a Yemen This publication documents the main outcomes of the studies undertaken in 2003 - 2006, by UNESCO's World Heritage Centre and the General Organisation for the Preservation of the Historic Cities of Yemen (GOPHCY), in ... Other materials 2022-06-27
The World Heritage Convention, twenty years later This study, undertaken on 10 June and revised on 4 December 1992 on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, has been graciously delivered to UNESCO by its author, Léon Pressouyre. ... Other materials 2022-06-27
UNESCO World Heritage Desk Diary 2013 Featuring a useful week-at-a-glance design, it is illustrated with colour photos of World Heritage sites, each accompanied with a short caption. It also introduces the Convention Concerning the Protection of World ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Urban Notebooks Urban Notebooks The e-magazine of the World Heritage Cities Programme features diverse voices on urban heritage, practices, and opinion pieces.    February 2022 Issue 20 Dr. ... Other materials 2022-10-17
Wind Energy The objective of the Guidance is to provide easy-to-understand and user-friendly information on wind energy projects and World Heritage protection and management, and to highlight processes and tools for overcoming ... Other materials 2024-03-04
World Heritage 2002, shared legacy, common responsibility To mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972), UNESCO with the support of the ... Other materials 2022-06-27
World Heritage and the Arctic Ilulissat Icefjord
Laponian Area
Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
Putorana Plateau
Rock Art of Alta
The Arctic Ocean urgently needs protection as melting sea ice is opening up previously inaccessible areas to activities such as shipping, bottom trawl fishing and oil exploration, according to a scientific report ... Other materials 2023-11-28
World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate This report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship ... Other materials 2022-06-27
World Heritage and wind energy planning Protecting visual integrity in the context of the energy transition. Inspiring practices from four European countries. This study presents examples from four European countries and shows how they deal with wind ... Other materials 2022-11-21
World Heritage in Europe Today World Heritage attracts and fascinates: media around the world publish thousands of articles about it every year and countries invest a great deal of work and money to get sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage ... Other materials 2022-07-03
World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders Published on the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, this thematic collection of case studies provides a thorough understanding of World Heritage sites and their Outstanding Universal Value in the ... Other materials 2023-04-27
World Heritage: Challenges for the Millennium This publication provides analysis of more than three decades of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and highlights a number of its successes and challenges. The result of a collective effort of many ... Other materials 2022-06-27
World Heritage Marine Sites - Best Practice guide Managing effectively the world’s most iconic Marine Protected Areas What is the purpose of this guide? This guide is a primer on how to accomplish effective, pro-active management to ensure the long-term ... Other materials 2022-06-27
Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention - A ... Thematic Study no. 12010 Thematic Study no. 2 2017 These Thematic Studies result from a collaborative project between the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an advisory body ... Other materials 2022-03-07
The restoration of King Gbehanzin Palace – Royal Palaces of Abomey Royal Palaces of Abomey Benin Edited by Junzo Kawada, Published by CRATerre-ENSAG and UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This publication describes the first restoration project of a World Heritage site in Benin, financed through a cooperation ... Other materials 2022-03-03
Rehabilitation of the Saint Sebastian Fortress, Island of Mozambique Island of Mozambique This colourful brochure published by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre illustrates the background, aims, results and challenges of the rehabilitation project of the Saint Sebastian Fortress on the World Heritage site ... Other materials 2022-03-03
Business Planning for World Heritage Site Managers - a Toolkit Aldabra Atoll
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Kinabalu Park
Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Ujung Kulon National Park
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
Indonesia · Malaysia · Philippines · Seychelles · Uganda This project focused on strengthening the business planning capacity of non-profit organisations (government agencies, NGOs) charged with the responsibility for the management and protection of natural World ... Other materials 2022-03-02
Case Studies on Climate Change and World Heritage Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Great Barrier Reef
Ichkeul National Park
Sagarmatha National Park
Originally published in 2007 in English, this publication has now been reprinted for the third time in English and translated into French, Spanish and Arabic. It presents twenty-six case studies from selected ... Other materials 2022-03-03
Patrimoine mondial naturel d'Afrique centrale Dans le cadre de l'Initiative pour le patrimoine mondial forestier d'Afrique centrale (CAWHFI), le Centre du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO a organisé un atelier qui visait à identifier et à caractériser, parmi les ... Other materials 2022-03-21
World Heritage in the Congo Basin Dja Faunal Reserve
Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda
Garamba National Park
Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Salonga National Park
Virunga National Park
This publication is intended for both biodiversity specialists and the general public. It provides detailed information on two important initiatives undertaken by the World Heritage Centre for the preservation of ... Other materials 2022-03-21
Empowering youth for heritage: 10 years of the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative This publication provides a retrospective of the first 10 years of the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative, to increase its visibility and sustainability and support the organizations committed to its values. From ... Other materials 2023-03-20
Report on the Historic Urban Landscape Workshops and Field Activities on the Swahili coast in East Africa 2011-2012 Island of Mozambique
Lamu Old Town
Stone Town of Zanzibar
Kenya · Mozambique · United Republic of Tanzania On 10 November 2011 UNESCO’s General Conference adopted theRecommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, six years after the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention adopted Resolution ... Other materials 2022-03-03
Celebrating 40 years of the World Heritage Convention Japan Celebrating 40 years of the World Heritage Convention, the proceedings of Closing Event of the Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, has been published. This electronic publication ... Other materials 2022-06-27