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#MyAfricanHeritage Instagram Video Contest winners
An outstanding video of Cameroon's Dja Faunal Reserve and the Sangha TriNational submitted by Ancel Langwa won the first prize in the Instagram video contest organized by the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) on the occasion of the fourth edition of African World Heritage Day (5 May). The contest closed on Monday, May 20, 2019. The 27 submitted videos exhibited the richness and diversity of Africa's cultural and natural heritage.   A ...
International Day for Biological Diversity 2019: Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health
This year's International Day for Biological Diversity focuses on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and as a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human well-being. The World Heritage Convention recognizes some World Heritage properties specifically for their outstanding biodiversity values, protecting many of the most important ecosystems and areas of high biodiversity on the planet. Some World Heritage sites are vital for those dependent on ...
Towards a World Heritage Policy Compendium – Running Usability Tests for the Policy Compendium On-line Tool
The World Heritage Centre organized a series of testing sessions for the on‑line tool of the World Heritage Policy Compendium. These testing sessions, which took place between April and May 2019, gathered feedback and comments from key World Heritage stakeholders on the Policy Compendium On‑line Tool, currently being developed by the World Heritage Centre. The consultation is carried out within the framework of the decision to develop an on-line tool for the World Heritage Policy ...
2018-2019 World Heritage Map Published
The latest version of the World Heritage map, produced by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and National Geographic Maps with the support of Azerbaijan, can now be ordered from the World Heritage Centre website. The featured image on the map presents the Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower World Heritage property in Azerbaijan, country hosting the next session of the World Heritage Committee in June-July 2019. This poster-sized wall map ...
European Young Heritage Professionals Forum to begin in Zadar, Croatia
28 young heritage professionals with diverse backgrounds varying from ethnomusicology to architecture and visual computing technologies will come together for the European Young Heritage Professionals Forum to address for the first time both tangible heritage and intangible cultural heritage and to explore the potential synergies and challenges of their protection and safeguarding in the European context. During five days of tailored activities in a peer-to-peer learning environment and ...
Heritage and Water: experts call for enhanced inter-sectoral cooperation at UNESCO International Water Conference
The panel on ‘Heritage and Water' during the UNESCO International Water Conference (13-14 May at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris) highlighted the spiritual and cultural significance of water at many heritage sites, and called for enhancing cooperation between planners and practitioners to demonstrate the importance of water management systems to policymakers. They also emphasized the need to ensure the transmission of heritage values by supporting community-based organizations in water ...
World Migratory Bird Day, 11 May 2019
This year's World Migratory Bird Day is dedicated to highlighting the problem of pollution with the theme, ‘Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.' Waste and pollution are harmful to many World Heritage sites. Increased tourism means that more people are leaving trash at the world's most iconic places. World Heritage sites are key stopover sites for birds, so the effective conservation of these sites is crucial for migratory bird conservation on a ...
Enter the #MyAfricanHeritage Instagram video contest
The World Heritage Centre, in partnership with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and UNESCO Brazzaville, launched the #MyAfricanHeritage Instagram video contest on African World Heritage Day, 5 May 2019.Participants are encouraged to post a video about an African World Heritage site using the hashtage #MyAfricanHeritage for a chance to win one of two prizes. The first prize is an internship with the AWHF (including return flight tickets to Johannesburg, South Africa and a stipend). The ...
Peru sets long-term vision with 18 sites for Tentative List
A year-long process of discussion and collaboration regarding the update to Peru's Tentative List culminated in April with the unanimous approval of the new proposal that will guide the country's World Heritage strategy over the coming years.  The process involved an extensive preparatory and research phase, two national-level workshops, and permanent collaboration between the authorities responsible for protecting the country's cultural and natural World Heritage. The ...
Dire projections by global biodiversity report lead to calls for transformative change
Launched at UNESCO in Paris on Monday 6 May, the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) sends an alarming message to the world. Ecosystems and biodiversity are deteriorating faster than at any time in human history, undermining humanity's well-being and future existence.  The assessment notes that the increase in global trade and economy over the past 30 years ...

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