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June 16, 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 (including Kew Gardens in photo above). In early July, the World...

June 15, 2017

Each year, the World Heritage Committee meets to consider nominations of natural and cultural sites submitted by various countries for inclusion in the World Heritage List. In addition, the WHC reviews reports on the state of conservation of specific sites that are con...

June 9, 2017

The United Kingdom contains 30 sites on the World Heritage List, ranging from the Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Northern Ireland to Stonehenge and including the spectacular Kew Gardens in London. In 1995, a special interest group known as the Local Authority World H...

June 9, 2017

The World Heritage Convention was designed to promote the protection of natural and cultural sites of outstanding universal value. While the Convention itself does not offer specific legal protective measures—listing is primarily honorific in nature—Article 11(4) of th...

June 8, 2017

Government representatives from the United States were instrumental in conceiving, developing, and promoting the successful ratification of the World Heritage Convention—formally known as the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Natural and Cultural Herita...

May 24, 2017

The World Heritage List contains many of the world's most spectacular examples of our natural and cultural heritage. But not all of the sites are located above ground, or even above water. This writer provides the opportunity to learn about underwater World Heritage Si...

April 23, 2017

The effects of climate change on some of the natural world's most beautiful sites has been well documented—from melting glaciers to increased forest fires to coastal flooding. What should not get lost in the climate change discussion, however, is the continuing threat...

April 18, 2017

Since 1982, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has celebrated April 18 as the International Day of Monuments and Sites. The theme for 2017 is Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism." ICOMOS, based in Paris, was established In 1965 in large part...

March 9, 2017

The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks has been included on the US Tentative List for potential nomination to the World Heritage List since 2008. The site is managed by the National Park Service as the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park since 1923. Site's that are l...

March 2, 2017

While American representatives were largely the originators of the idea to create the World Heritage List, the United States has had only a limited number of sites listed. In recent years, the National Park Service's Office of International Affairs has reinvigorated US...

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