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September 15, 2017

Since the World Heritage Convention was first adopted in 1972, more than 1,000 natural and cultural sites of outstanding universal value have been added to the World Heritage List. It was the first international effort to combine protection of both natural and cultural...

September 14, 2017

In 1974, one of the most exciting discoveries in the history of archaeology was made outside of Xi’an in the Shaanxi Province of China. Two local farmers digging a well stumbled across a terracotta statue, leading Chinese archaeologists to investigate further. The resu...

August 24, 2017

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, began as a Mesolithic camp ca. 8,500 BC. A lot has changed since then. Bronze and Iron age people subsequently settled there, and when the Romans arrived at the end of the 1st century AD, they found a Celtic tribe—the Votadini—living...

July 21, 2017

The annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee was held in Krakow, Poland. A number of new natural and cultural sites were added to the World Heritage List, including three on the continent of Africa, a region largely underrepresented in the World Heritage List. Bu...

July 16, 2017

The World Heritage Committee recently concluded its annual meeting, which was held this year in Krakow, Poland. At the meeting, a number of new sites were added to the World Heritage List and some sites on the list were evaluated for threats to them.  Now, the Valongo...

July 11, 2017

The Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia is the largest reef system in the world. In 1981, the reef was designated a World Heritage Site but it has faced persistent threats from natural and human causes. Now the health of the reef is in serious trouble...

July 6, 2017

When the World Heritage Convention was first created in 1972, it was the first international effort to recognize and protect both natural and cultural heritage from a global perspective. While the convention is the world’s most successful and popular one, with the most...

June 23, 2017

The World Heritage Committee annually compiles a list of World Heritage Sites in Danger from either human or natural action. But this case in Poland has the Polish government’s environmental minister requesting delisting of this important forest in order to continue lo...

June 21, 2017

As international tourism reaches new record numbers, the threat to the preservation and integrity of natural and cultural tourist sites continues to increase. The famous former Inca capital Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site, is a case in point. As UNESCO considers ad...

June 20, 2017

Since the World Heritage Convention was first ratified in 1972, more than 1,000 sites representing outstanding sites of our global natural and cultural heritage have been added to the World Heritage List. In a few weeks, the World Heritage Committee hold its annual mee...

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