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Leaders of indigenous communities from Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia visit World Heritage Centre
The World Heritage Centre received today a visit from a delegation of representatives from the Arhuaco indigenous community of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, included on Colombia's Tentative List since 2012 as a potential mixed World Heritage property. The representatives met with the Director and the team of the Latin American and Caribbean Unit of the World Heritage Centre to discuss various initiatives to reinforce the protection of their cultural and natural heritage. They ...
World Heritage Volunteers 2019 – Call for Projects
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2019. This Call welcomes the participation of all interested organizations and institutions. "Empowering the Commitment to World Heritage” What is the WHV Initiative? The WHV Initiative was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage ...
Wadden Sea holds first expert meeting to discuss marine litter at World Heritage sites
From 14 to 16 November 2018, World Heritage marine managers and marine litter experts from around the world met at the Island of Norderney in the Wadden Sea World Heritage site to discuss impacts of marine litter and plastics. During the 3-day workshop, best practices on marine litter monitoring, clean-up campaigns and awareness-raising were exchanged.   Marine litter, including plastics, is a growing concern for the health of the oceans. Marine sites inscribed on the UNESCO World ...
World Heritage, Museums and Creative economy: alliance for greater benefit sharing
UNESCO launches the second phase of the World Heritage and Museums programme in cooperation with three prestigious World Heritage cities: George Town, Melaka (Malaysia) and Vigan (the Philippines) Thanks to the generous and renewed funding from the government of Japan through UNESCO, three historic towns will design and implement a variety of activities, which strengthen the ties between World Heritage and local communities through museums and creative industries. The 3-day inception ...
Joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN Advisory mission to the World Heritage property "Durmitor National Park” (Montenegro)
On 5 November 2018, a team of experts from the World Heritage Centre and IUCN arrived in Montenegro for a joint Advisory mission to the World Heritage property "Durmitor National Park.” The State Party of Montenegro invited the mission with the objectives to review a potential boundary modification and to assess the overall state of conservation of the World Heritage site. The mission included field visits and meetings with the responsible national and local authorities, as well as ...
Severe erosion threatens the shrines of Barotse Cultural Landscape
From 18 to 22 October 2018, the World Heritage Centre undertook a technical mission to the Barotse Cultural Landscape, a site on the Tentative List of Zambia. The mission met with the local communities to identify suitable development projects compatible with the safeguarding of the cultural landscape, and to seek the support of the traditional custodians to nominate the site on the World Heritage List. Zambia has been working on the nomination dossier since 2008. The mission team met with ...
Director of UNESCO Addis Ababa Office Discussed Conservation of the Rock-Hewn Churches of Labella with the Administration
Addis Ababa, 5 November 2018: The Director of UNESCO Liaison Office to AU and UN ECA, and Representative to Ethiopia, Ms Ana Elisa Santana Afonso met with a delegation of the Orthodox Tewahido Church of Lalibela, led by His Holiness Aba Tsige Selassie, Head Administrator of the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Begun in the 12th century, this complex of 11 churches was among the first cultural sites to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. A spiritual centre for Ethiopian ...
US Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation provides support to the endangered site of Nan Madol
"Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia” is a jewel in the Pacific that has inspired many stories and myths. There are more than 100 islets at the site, constructed with walls of basalt and coral boulders, upon which were built structures with walls up to eight meters high of columnar basalt that glistens in the sun. These ruins represent the ceremonial center of the Saudeleur dynasty, a vibrant period in Pacific Island culture from about the twelve through the seventeenth ...
XII National meeting of World Heritage Site Managers in Coruña, Spain
The World Heritage Office of the Historic Heritage Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain is organizing the XII National Meeting of World Heritage Managers, hosted by the Luis Seoane Foundation from 6 to 8 of November 2018 in the city of Coruña. The meeting, celebrated annually since 2007, is a space for analysis, debate and networking among World Heritage site managers in Spain, which promotes the exchange of ideas and best ...
Experts convene at UNESCO on future of culture and tourism at EU-China Conference
UNESCO gathered tourism and heritage experts at the Organization's Headquarters on 29 October 2018 to examine the leading role that tourism and culture can play in fostering sustainable development in the EU and China. The EU-China High Level Conference on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism was organized in the framework of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year, an initiative led by the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, to ...

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