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Women's Day 2018: Women and conservation

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST

Women's Day is an occasion to celebrate the power of women, and the often overlooked role they play in society. World Heritage preservation is no different from any other sector - women play a crucial role in conservation, and their influence is increasing. Women are the caretakers of the sacred site the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi (Uganda). Female rangers protect Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - the first site in the region to have female ...

Release of the publication World Heritage for Sustainable Development in Africa

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST

This new UNESCO publication examines World Heritage and sustainable development in Africa. It addresses not only the challenges of safeguarding World Heritage in the Africa region but also the process of integrating the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into African regional and national policies as well as the African Union's ‘Agenda 2063: the Africa We Want'. The publication emerged from the UNESCO international conference on ...

Seminar leads to Recommendations for Site Managers

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST

A Capacity-Building Seminar was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 18 to 20 October, 2017, for Managers of Eastern European sites. The practical Capacity-building Seminar took place over two days, during which were presented three thematic lectures given by international experts from World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS, ICCROM, accompanied by three leading practical workshops and individual case studies presented by the site managers of different countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, ...

UNESCO launches BIOPALT project to safeguard Lake Chad

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST

The UNESCO Deputy Director-General, Getachew Engida, officially launched the BIOsphere and Heritage of Lake Chad (BIOPALT) project at the International Conference on Lake Chad, held on 26 February 2018. The BIOPALT project aims to increase knowledge of Lake Chad, restore wetlands, rehabilitate wildlife migration corridors and promote sustainable income-generating activities in Abuja, Nigeria. The project launch brought together more than 150 people including representatives of the five ...

Protecting Big Cats: World Wildlife Day 2018

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST

Natural World Heritage sites are home to a great many species, which makes taking care of these sites even more important. This year for World Wildlife Day, we celebrate the 'big cats', predators who play a primordial role in the ecosystems in which they live, and many of whom are under threat. Of the 36 wild species of cat that exist in the world, 35 occur in at least one World Heritage site, making the Convention an important instrument for their conservation. Iguaçu ...

Qatar Fund for Development boosts UNESCO's Heritage Emergency Fund with US $2 million contribution

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and UNESCO signed a new agreement this week to supplement the financing of UNESCO's Heritage Emergency Fund (HEF) with US$2 million. "More than ever, we need to respond quickly and efficiently to assess, secure and safeguard threatened heritage, said UNESCO's Director-General, Audrey Azoulay "The Heritage Emergency Fund is a key tool for doing this and I see this renewed contribution by QFFD as a call to the international community ...

World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018 - Call for Applications

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST

World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018 ‘Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World' As an integral part of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee, and in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities will host the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum 2018 under the theme of ‘Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World' from 17 to 26 June 2018 in Manama (Bahrain). The Forum aims to ...

World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring Mission to Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

In January 2018, a joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission took place at the World Heritage property "Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia” (Federated States of Micronesia). The mission was requested by the World Heritage Committee to ‘agree on a Desired State of Conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSoC), based on the cultural attributes of Outstanding Universal Value and to be reached through a ...

UNESCO Commits to Safeguarding Lake Chad

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

UNESCO will bring a preservation project focusing on research and the dissemination of knowledge, the rehabilitation of wetlands and wildlife corridors, and the promotion of sustainable income generating activities to the International Conference on Lake Chad, which will take place in Abuja (Nigeria) from 26 to 28 February. Known as BIOPALT, the French acronym for biosphere and heritage of Lake Chad, the project will be implemented by UNESCO in partnership with the Lake Chad Basin ...

UNESCO World Heritage Centre expresses support after Cyclone Gita

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

Cyclone Gita, which accelerated into a category five storm, struck the Pacific country of Tonga, battering the Parliament House and other buildings, and parts of southern Fiji. Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Centre, would like to express her condolences to the families who have endured losses during the storm. Two sites, Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites and The Ancient Capitals of the Kingdom of Tonga, are currently included on Tonga's Tentative List and could ...