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National Focal Points of the Arab States Region Meet for Periodic Reporting Workshop
On 26 and 27 February 2019, World Heritage Focal Points of the Arab States region came together at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France) for a workshop in the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting exercise which is currently being implemented in the region. The workshop, hosted by the World Heritage Centre in close cooperation with the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), was organized for the National Focal Points who were unable to attend the previous national ...
Call for Participants - European Young Heritage Professionals Forum
Together for heritage! The European Young Heritage Professionals Forum will take place from 20 to 24 May 2019 in Zadar, Croatia to explore potential synergies and challenges of working on tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the European context. The Forum will enable participants to enhance project management and communication skills by working on their own heritage projects with experts and peers from across Europe. In addition to building a community, the young professionals will ...
International Women's Day 2019: Paying tribute to female site managers
This Women's Day we celebrate our female World Heritage site managers: heroines protecting our most outstanding places. Women play a crucial role in conservation - they are the rangers protecting Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo), the first site in the region to have female rangers. They safeguard marine World Heritage sites such as Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (Philippines) fighting against illegal fishing, and Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), ...
Call for proposals, deadline 7 April: IUCN SOS - Save Our Species
A new IUCN SOS - Save Our Species Call for Proposals is now open. Financed in partnership with the European Commission's DG DEVCO, this call is focused on African Wildlife. It prioritises five species of carnivores, namely lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and Ethiopian wolves. A limited proportion of the funding will be earmarked for additional threatened species. These include other carnivores and species belonging to the families Equidae, Giraffidae and Bovidae. Under ...
UNESCO Director-General deplores fires in Mount Kenya National Park
For more than a week, devastating fires have raged in Mount Kenya National Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997 and a part of the Mount Kenya Biosphere Reserve since 1978. According to the Kenya National Parks Service (KWS), these fires have already destroyed more than 80,000 hectares of forest and grassland, which represents almost half the area of the World Heritage site. There has been no loss of human life. Thanks to the concerted work of hundreds of civilian and military ...
Concern for oil spill near East Rennell, Solomon Islands, in central Pacific
An oil spill has occurred near East Rennell, the only natural World Heritage site in the Pacific that is on the Danger List. Experts from Australia are currently working with the national authorities to ascertain the status of the situation and advice on possible mitigation measures to be taken. On 4 February 2019, the bulk carrier MV Solomon Trader ran aground in Kangava Bay, Rennell Island, while loading bauxite ore. While the grounding and consecutive oil spill occurred just outside ...
World Wildlife Day 2019: Life below water, for people and planet (3 March 2019)
The theme of this year's World Wildlife Day aligns with Sustainable Development Goal 14: life below water. It is also the first World Wildlife Day highlighting marine biodiversity. World Heritage marine sites are home to the world's most exceptional species on earth such as the Bengal tiger, marine iguanas, and the Coelacanth, the world's oldest fish.Despite this rich wildlife, our sites have many critically endangered species and nearly a third of all marine sites on the ...
World Heritage Centre supports Colombia's efforts to improve security in national parks
On behalf of the World Heritage Centre, Director Ms Mechtild Rössler expresses her solidarity with the efforts currently being undertaken by national authorities in Colombia to curb increasing security challenges in the country's national parks, some of which are classified as natural World Heritage properties. In the light of these increasing and dramatic pressures, Parques Nacionales Naturales of Colombia, under the leadership of its Director Ms Julia Miranda Londoño, has ...
Safeguarding of transboundary heritage sites for sustainable development and peace in Africa
The first regional meeting on "Transboundary Cooperation for effective management of World Heritage Sites in Africa" was held from 11 to 15 February 2019 in the city of Man (Côte d'Ivoire), located at 100 km from the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, the first African transboundary property inscribed on the World Heritage List. Funded by the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust, the main objective of this activity was to exchange knowledge and share experience on the management ...
Concern for oil spill in East Rennell, Solomon Islands, in central Pacific
An oil spill has reportedly occurred in East Rennell, Solomon Islands on Tuesday, 19 February when a bulk carrier ran aground at Kangava Bay, just outside of the World Heritage property. East Rennell was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998 and is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. The site includes Lake Tegano, a brackish lake containing many rugged limestone islets which was the former lagoon on the atoll, a diverse and unmodified forest vegetation, and a marine area ...


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