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UNESCO - World Heritage
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
In the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting, which started in the Africa region in September 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and UNESCO Field Offices, is organising a final regional online workshop for National Focal Points of the Africa region to present the outcomes of Periodic Reporting Exercise and to collect and develop recommendations to the preparation of the Regional Report and draft Action Plan ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO is closely following plans for a 75-hectare amusement park under discussion near the World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has also received numerous appeals from third parties expressing their concern.
The plenary session of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC), held virtually on 26 and 27 January, addressed this project with particular attention, and the technical opinions of experts in the fields of conservation and ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 16:00
Following the destruction of protected area infrastructures caused by excessive rain and the resulting flooding that occurred in May 2020, UNESCO, through the Government of China Funds for Capacity Building and Cooperation for World Heritage in Africa, and in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, supported the preparation of architectural designs for five bridges along Central circuit and Kilembe tourist routes within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage ...
Mittwoch, 23.12.2020, 06:00
12 December, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of "Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
To celebrate the occasion, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, organized an International Scientific and Practical Online Conference on "World ...
Freitag, 25.12.2020, 06:00
Following news of the collapse of a part of the House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib) in Stone Town, Zanzibar on 25 December 2020, the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ms Mechtild Rössler joins the people of Zanzibar, and the United Republic of Tanzania in general to mourn this sudden and significant loss.
The House of Wonders is one of the outstanding monuments in the Stone Town of Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List since ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
Nominations are now open. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2021
The Prize rewards outstanding actions to safeguard and enhance the world's outstanding cultural landscapes which contribute directly and significantly to the goals set out in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Prize winner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, receives an award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 by Greece and named ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO, in partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF), sent a team of experts from the University of Cape Town led by Prof. Heinz Rüther to the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property from 28 January to 2 February 2021. They  are undertaking 3D data collection at the historic House of Wonders building, which partially collapsed on 25 December 2020, as part of an in-depth survey and condition assessment.
The mission team has captured metrically accurate spatial data using ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 06:00
Five youth-led projects bring together heritage and peacebuilding in the Arab States region
Following the success of the Arab World Heritage Young Professionals Forum, and continuing their sense of engagement and purpose beyond the participation in the Forum, five young professionals implemented follow-up projects in the region, making heritage accessible to all, and leveraging it as a channel for peacebuilding in the communities.
Through these projects, the participants put to ...
Donnerstag, 18.2.2021, 06:00
After closing the UN Decade on Biodiversity, countries are this year negotiating a new 10 year agenda to halt the accelerating loss of biodiversity. This new and overarching global biodiversity framework, dubbed the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, is to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), planned later in 2021 in Kunming, China.
A Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the ...
Mittwoch, 10.2.2021, 06:00
The Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) offers a brand new series of online learning courses adapted to different profiles of professionals working in protected areas. Each course is built on 50 videos (from our MOOCs) followed by quizzes to enable protected area actors to develop the skills that are essential for their profession.
The RANGER Essential is meant for guards and field rangers working mainly on data collection, anti-poaching, guiding etc. ...
Donnerstag, 17.12.2020, 06:00
On 3 December 2020, climate experts and local management teams from the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites met online in an effort to accelerate replication of initial successes in assessing climate vulnerability. 
The online meeting was the fourth edition in a new digital exchange platform that was launched by the World Heritage Centre in March 2020.During the meeting, experts from Australia's James Cook University presented a newly developed rapid assessment tool called the ...
Freitag, 22.1.2021, 06:00
The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast generates more than 1000 jobs for its local community and contributes over AU$100 million to the economy of Western Australia. The economic valuation is the first major milestone toward the design of a climate change adaptation strategy at World Heritage-Listed coral reefs as part of the global Resilient Reefs Initiative.
Ningaloo Coast – a striking stretch of land- and seascape along the western coast of Australia with globally significant ...
Dienstag, 26.1.2021, 18:00
On 22 January 2021, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with UNESCO in the amount of Euros 583,566 to provide support for capacity-building of nomination projects and promotion of World Heritage sites in five Eastern African countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia and United Republic of Tanzania. The three-year capacity-building programme will support the updating of the Tentative Lists of these countries, assist in the preparation of robust nomination files, and strengthen ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 18:00
First meeting of the open-ended working group of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in conformity with Resolution 22 GA 10

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Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO is closely following plans for a 75-hectare amusement park under discussion near the World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has also received numerous appeals from third parties expressing their concern.
The plenary session of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC), held virtually on 26 and 27 January, addressed this project with particular attention, and the technical opinions of experts in the fields of conservation and ...
Mittwoch, 27.1.2021, 19:00
On 19 January 2021, UNESCO and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) launched the development of the Conservation and Management Plan for the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions of Ghana, during a hybrid (physical and online) four-day capacity-building workshop and marked a major step in the implementation of the International Assistance, under the World Heritage Fund.
"This workshop is crucial, as the new Management Plan will introduce priority ...
Freitag, 26.2.2021, 22:00
Integrating World Heritage in the Curricula of Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa – UNESCO's World Heritage Centre (WHC) and Chair on African Heritage at the Great Zimbabwe University join forces to promote capacity building in Africa.
On 24 February 2021, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO WHC and the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU), held an online consultation meeting dedicated to exploring areas of cooperation and the increased role of Universities in conserving and promoting ...
Freitag, 12.2.2021, 22:00
Following the outbreak of avian influenza currently raging in Senegal and Mauritania, UNESCO organized on February 11, 2021, a virtual information and consultation meeting with the Senegalese and Mauritanian authorities in charge of the management of the Djoudj National Bird Park (PNOD), the Diawling National Park (PND) and the Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) as well as representatives of FAO, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the CMS ...
Dienstag, 2.2.2021, 06:00
This year's theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,' highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss. This is especially important as we mark the UN Decades of Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The UNESCO World Heritage Convention works continuously with other entities to protect the most important wetland systems in the world. Wetlands are currently protected under different ...
Mittwoch, 23.12.2020, 06:00
12 December, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of "Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
To celebrate the occasion, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, organized an International Scientific and Practical Online Conference on "World ...
Dienstag, 2.2.2021, 06:00
This year's theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,' highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss. This is especially important as we mark the UN Decades of Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The UNESCO World Heritage Convention works continuously with other entities to protect the most important wetland systems in the world. Wetlands are currently protected under different ...
Dienstag, 12.1.2021, 01:00
Mittwoch, 27.1.2021, 19:00
On 19 January 2021, UNESCO and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) launched the development of the Conservation and Management Plan for the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions of Ghana, during a hybrid (physical and online) four-day capacity-building workshop and marked a major step in the implementation of the International Assistance, under the World Heritage Fund.
"This workshop is crucial, as the new Management Plan will introduce priority ...
Dienstag, 12.1.2021, 01:00
Donnerstag, 28.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is dedicated to Maps & Boundaries (Section II, Chapter 5) and focus on the following:

All the essentials on maps, boundaries and related processes
Introduction / reminder about the ongoing retrospective inventory exercise in the APA region,
Lessons learnt ...
Montag, 22.2.2021, 06:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, organised a regional workshop, which took place from 17 to 19 February 2021, where National Focal Points from the Africa region participated online.
Following the submission of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting questionnaires in July 2020 and several consultations with World Heritage site managers and African heritage experts of the Africa region ...
Freitag, 22.1.2021, 06:00
The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast generates more than 1000 jobs for its local community and contributes over AU$100 million to the economy of Western Australia. The economic valuation is the first major milestone toward the design of a climate change adaptation strategy at World Heritage-Listed coral reefs as part of the global Resilient Reefs Initiative.
Ningaloo Coast – a striking stretch of land- and seascape along the western coast of Australia with globally significant ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 06:00
Five youth-led projects bring together heritage and peacebuilding in the Arab States region
Following the success of the Arab World Heritage Young Professionals Forum, and continuing their sense of engagement and purpose beyond the participation in the Forum, five young professionals implemented follow-up projects in the region, making heritage accessible to all, and leveraging it as a channel for peacebuilding in the communities.
Through these projects, the participants put to ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 17:00
This year's scholarship for the World Heritage site Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland is now open for applications until 18 February 2021.
The World Heritage site was inscribed in 2012 and consists of seven large timber farmhouses with richly decorated interior. They are part of a concentration of over a thousand surviving timber structures in the Hälsingland area of reflect a timber building tradition that originated in the Middle Ages.
Objective
The World Heritage ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the selected projects of the World Heritage Volunteers 2020 - 2021 Campaign.
Under the theme Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage, 55 action camp projects will be implemented from February to December 2021, at 55 World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative Lists, by 49 organizations in 32 countries. These projects will include concrete awareness-raising and ...
Freitag, 12.2.2021, 22:00
Following the outbreak of avian influenza currently raging in Senegal and Mauritania, UNESCO organized on February 11, 2021, a virtual information and consultation meeting with the Senegalese and Mauritanian authorities in charge of the management of the Djoudj National Bird Park (PNOD), the Diawling National Park (PND) and the Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) as well as representatives of FAO, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the CMS ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 17:00
This year's scholarship for the World Heritage site Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland is now open for applications until 18 February 2021. The World Heritage site was inscribed in 2012 and consists of seven large timber farmhouses with richly decorated interior. They are part of a concentration of over a thousand surviving timber structures in the Hälsingland area of reflect a timber building tradition that originated in the Middle Ages.
Objective:
The World Heritage ...
Montag, 22.2.2021, 06:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, organized an regional workshop from 17 to 19 February 2021, where National Focal Points from the Africa region participated online.
Following the submission of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting questionnaires in July 2020 and several consultations with World Heritage site managers and African heritage experts of the Africa region and their ...
Montag, 21.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre vigilant on potential impacts of oil and gas exploration in Namibia and Botswana on the Tsodila and Okavango Delta World Heritage properties.
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre has been made aware of petitions by civil society groups received by the UNESCO office in Windhoek, Namibia. The Centre is following with attention and concern the oil and gas exploration projects in north-eastern Namibia and north-western Botswana by the Canadian company ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 06:00
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 13 January--During a meeting yesterday, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and Tirso Dos Santos, Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam and UNESCO Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, reviewed emergency response measures following the collapse on 25 December 2020 of the Beit-al-Ajaib historic building, also known as the House of Wonders, in the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property.
The House of Wonders is an ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
The year 2020 was intended to be a "biodiversity super year”. Many far-reaching decisions concerning the preservation of biodiversity were meant to be taken in 2020. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of international meetings could not take place and have been postponed.
 Meanwhile, the pandemic is not an isolated phenomenon. Scientific evidence links the emergence of the COVID-19 virus to the breakdown of ecosystems and biodiversity loss. Humankind has been destroying ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
In the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting, which started in the Africa region in September 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and UNESCO Field Offices, is organising a final regional online workshop for National Focal Points of the Africa region to present the outcomes of Periodic Reporting Exercise and to collect and develop recommendations to the preparation of the Regional Report and draft Action Plan ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
Nominations are now open. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2021
The Prize rewards outstanding actions to safeguard and enhance the world's outstanding cultural landscapes which contribute directly and significantly to the goals set out in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Prize winner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, receives an award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 by Greece and named ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
12 December 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of the Historic Centre of San Gimignano on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
On this occasion, the City of San Gimignano organized a celebratory event, bringing together high-level representatives from the Italian government and UNESCO, as well as site managers, experts, artists, and representatives from the public sector and academia.
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, delivered a speech ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 06:00
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 13 January--During a meeting yesterday, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and Tirso Dos Santos, Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam and UNESCO Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, reviewed emergency response measures following the collapse on 25 December 2020 of the Beit-al-Ajaib historic building, also known as the House of Wonders, in the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property.
The House of Wonders is an ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 18:00
From 24 November to 8 December 2020, the Pendjari national park in Benin and the W national park in Niger carried out the largest regional initiative for the installation of satellite collars on a total of 25 elephants and 14 antelopes in this large cross-border complex. With a view to safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, this initiative aimed to increase monitoring and ensure the protection of these species in these two national parks, which are components of the ...
Donnerstag, 28.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is dedicated to Maps & Boundaries (Section II, Chapter 5) and focus on the following:

All the essentials on maps, boundaries and related processes
Introduction / reminder about the ongoing retrospective inventory exercise in the APA region,
Lessons learnt ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO has assessed the measures taken by governments to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on culture professionals and on the sector as a whole, an impact which appears to be more severe than previously assumed, according to data collected by the Organization and contained in a new policy guide.
In the film industry, it is estimated that ten million jobs will be lost in 2020 (1), while one third of art galleries are estimated to have reduced their staff by half during the crisis ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO has assessed the measures taken by governments to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on culture professionals and on the sector as a whole, an impact which appears to be more severe than previously assumed, according to data collected by the Organization and contained in a new policy guide.
In the film industry, it is estimated that ten million jobs will be lost in 2020 (1), while one third of art galleries are estimated to have reduced their staff by half during the crisis ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is a dedicated Question & Answer Session for Section I of the questionnare with a focus on the following:

Answering specific questions on chapters or questions
Addressing any concerns regarding the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting so far
Other inputs and feedback on the ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 06:00
After a closure of more than ten years, the Lopé National Park Ecomuseum reopened its doors on 5 February 2021 with an official ceremony attended by the Executive Secretary and staff of the National Parks Agency (ANPN), local authorities and the head of culture from the UNESCO office in Libreville.
This important building is of great pedagogical interest for learning about conservation through the valorization of history and the close relationship maintained by local communities with ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO, in partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF), sent a team of experts from the University of Cape Town led by Prof. Heinz Rüther to the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property from 28 January to 2 February 2021. They  are undertaking 3D data collection at the historic House of Wonders building, which partially collapsed on 25 December 2020, as part of an in-depth survey and condition assessment.
The mission team has captured metrically accurate spatial data using ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 18:00
First meeting of the open-ended working group of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in conformity with Resolution 22 GA 10

English French
Montag, 15.2.2021, 06:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 16:00
Following the destruction of protected area infrastructures caused by excessive rain and the resulting flooding that occurred in May 2020, UNESCO, through the Government of China Funds for Capacity Building and Cooperation for World Heritage in Africa, and in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, supported the preparation of architectural designs for five bridges along Central circuit and Kilembe tourist routes within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 18:00
From 24 November to 8 December 2020, the Pendjari national park in Benin and the W national park in Niger carried out the largest regional initiative for the installation of satellite collars on a total of 25 elephants and 14 antelopes in this large cross-border complex. With a view to safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, this initiative aimed to increase monitoring and ensure the protection of these species in these two national parks, which are components of the ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 06:00
After a closure of more than ten years, the Lopé National Park Ecomuseum reopened its doors on 5 February 2021 with an official ceremony attended by the Executive Secretary and staff of the National Parks Agency (ANPN), local authorities and the head of culture from the UNESCO office in Libreville.
This important building is of great pedagogical interest for learning about conservation through the valorization of history and the close relationship maintained by local communities with ...
Donnerstag, 25.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO expresses its sorrow and condolences at the death of Hugo Houben.
As an engineer of electronics and nuclear physics, Hugo Houben embarked on another path, more in line with his ethical commitments. At the age of 28, he responded to a request to participate in the construction of a popular village in Algeria. It was then that he discovered that earth can be a good construction material and launched into research to satisfy his immense curiosity, but above all, to understand and ...
Montag, 15.2.2021, 06:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Dienstag, 26.1.2021, 18:00
On 22 January 2021, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with UNESCO in the amount of Euros 583,566 to provide support for capacity-building of nomination projects and promotion of World Heritage sites in five Eastern African countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia and United Republic of Tanzania. The three-year capacity-building programme will support the updating of the Tentative Lists of these countries, assist in the preparation of robust nomination files, and strengthen ...
Donnerstag, 18.2.2021, 06:00
After closing the UN Decade on Biodiversity, countries are this year negotiating a new 10 year agenda to halt the accelerating loss of biodiversity. This new and overarching global biodiversity framework, dubbed the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, is to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), planned later in 2021 in Kunming, China.
A Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the ...
Mittwoch, 10.2.2021, 06:00
The Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) offers a brand new series of online learning courses adapted to different profiles of professionals working in protected areas. Each course is built on 50 videos (from our MOOCs) followed by quizzes to enable protected area actors to develop the skills that are essential for their profession.
The RANGER Essential is meant for guards and field rangers working mainly on data collection, anti-poaching, guiding etc. ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
The World Heritage Centre expresses concerns over on-going bushfires at Fraser Island World Heritage area in Australia, the largest sand island in the world, and solidarity with the people affected by the blaze.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has been receiving expressions of concern over the possible impact of the bushfire on the World Heritage property "Fraser Island”. The property, located just off the east coast of Australia, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992 and ...
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Montag, 14.12.2020, 15:38
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Bronze Age grave in Croatia holds bones of warrior still wearing his bronze helmet
    (details)

  • Norwegian ice patch reveals evidence of reindeer hunting across 6000 years
    (details)

  • Prehistoric Southwestern mummies show entire communities offered help to the dying
    (details)

  • Pandemic stay-home in UK leads to gardening, with a harvest of Tudor-era coins
    (details)


Montag, 2.11.2020, 16:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient dog DNA is being used to help trace human history
    (details)

  • Research in the United States examines what it meant to be a Mississippian
    (details)

  • Evidence shows ancient people in Turkey successfully adapted to climate change
    (details)

  • Newly found signet with the image Apollo points to a pluralistic Jerusalem
    (details)


Montag, 15.2.2021, 16:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hellenistic era theater in Turkey produces scores of terracotta statuettes
    (details)

  • Oldest known Chinese cosmetic cream found in noble tomb
    (details)

  • Venetian beads found in Alaska point to possible pre-colonial trade
    (details)

  • New analysis of an ancient conch shell finds it may be oldest discovered wind instrument
    (details)


Montag, 8.2.2021, 17:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • How environmental change may have created the Egypt nation-state
    (details)

  • Early Medieval graveyard found beneath student housing in Cambridge
    (details)

  • Archaeology is unlocking more details about Peru’s Cloud Warriors
    (details)

  • New analysis offers insight into Bronze Age agricultural practices
    (details)


Montag, 16.11.2020, 19:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remains of people and horses provide insight into Xiongnu civilization
    (details)

  • The true story behind the Great Fire of Rome
    (details)

  • New fossil discovery shows evolutionary changes in extinct human in small-scale
    (details)

  • The Svalbard shipwreck and where it disappeared to
    (details)


Montag, 22.2.2021, 15:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Dating to First Dynasty, Egyptian beer factory is oldest ever found
    (details)

  • Grindstone with moth remains documents an important Aboriginal food tradition
    (details)

  • Global study of successful societies highlights role of taxes and bureaucracy
    (details)

  • Stalagmite study shows Silk Road didn’t start until megadrought ended
    (details)


Montag, 18.1.2021, 16:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Temple to Aphrodite identified in Turkey
    (details)

  • Facial reconstruction reveals features of buried Siberian man and his companion
    (details)

  • Rare female statue found in Mexican citrus grove
    (details)

  • Dating confirms that Sulawesi warty pig is oldest animal cave art known
    (details)


Montag, 21.12.2020, 15:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hoards of counterfeit silver show how rulers propped up currency in early Middle East
    (details)

  • Climate change, not Genghis Khan, caused the end of Central Asian kingdoms
    (details)

  • More skulls found from Aztec tower of skulls in Mexico City
    (details)

  • Scottish cross from Viking-era hoard shows craftsmanship fit for a king
    (details)


Montag, 11.1.2021, 15:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New South African fossils show ever more diversity in early hominid species
    (details)

  • Indigenous-led archaeology corrects and expands on Victoria, Australia, prehistory
    (details)

  • Death threats to famed archaeologist excavating Peru’s most ancient city
    (details)

  • Treasure hunter who disturbed Yellowstone’s historic cemetery pleads guilty
    (details)


Montag, 7.12.2020, 23:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient necropolis in Tauste adds to evidence of an extended Islamic presence
    (details)

  • New research techniques reveal extensive water collection systems at Tikal
    (details)

  • Multi-national effort unravels illegal transfer and auction of looted Greek artifacts
    (details)

  • Vast collections of prehistoric rock art imagery found on remote cliffs in Colombia
    (details)


Montag, 1.2.2021, 15:49
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers discover 3000-year-old royal purple dye in Israel
    (details)

  • Ancient milk proteins in Africa show long-term milk consumption
    (details)

  • Dogs likely to have accompanied people to the Americas
    (details)

  • Medieval Cambridge skeletons reveal injuries to manual laborers
    (details)


Montag, 23.11.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Late Roman watchtower found along lower Danube in Bulgaria
    (details)

  • In times of drought, early Puebloans turned to underground caves for water
    (details)

  • Edo period document details strict code of conduct for workers
    (details)

  • Race to excavate Viking longship is up against long odds
    (details)


Montag, 30.11.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Chewed-upon hallucinogenic plant remains found in cave with rock art
    (details)

  • Ancestral Puebloans used thousands of turkey feathers to make blanket
    (details)

  • Ancient city in Saudi Arabia now restored and open to the public
    (details)

  • More mask reliefs depicting traditional motifs found in ancient Turkish theater
    (details)


Montag, 9.11.2020, 18:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Teeth from Bronze Age site in Spain show that women were fiber specialists
    (details)

  • Andes burial from 9,000 years ago reveals young, female big-game hunter
    (details)

  • Greenwich Palace exploration finds the spot where everything changed for Henry VIII
    (details)

  • Search for Tulsa Massacre remains finds coffins that were buried without marker
    (details)


Montag, 25.1.2021, 15:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New finds in Egypt include temple, burials and part of the Book of the Dead
    (details)

  • Bronze Age caches in Europe show standardized objects, perhaps used as money
    (details)

  • Ohio’s Fort Ancient earthworks may become part of larger Hopewell monument
    (details)

  • Ancient knowledge analyzed to provide insight on current global issues
    (details)


Montag, 4.1.2021, 17:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient Peruvian farmers used cyclical climate patterns as an advantage
    (details)

  • Bozeman Trail proponents seek national historic designation status
    (details)

  • New excavations reveal details of daily life in Pompeii
    (details)

  • Analysis of tree rings provides fresh evidence of climatic fluctuations
    (details)


Montag, 28.12.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Compost islands in the Amazon
    (details)

  • Ancient washed-up weapons turn out to be made of human bone
    (details)

  • DNA trumps ceramics in correcting the history of early Caribbean
    (details)

  • Tooth plaque reveals that Levant commoners ate imported foods
    (details)


Dienstag, 12.1.2021, 01:00
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
The year 2020 was intended to be a "biodiversity super year”. Many far-reaching decisions concerning the preservation of biodiversity were meant to be taken in 2020. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of international meetings could not take place and have been postponed.
 Meanwhile, the pandemic is not an isolated phenomenon. Scientific evidence links the emergence of the COVID-19 virus to the breakdown of ecosystems and biodiversity loss. Humankind has been destroying ...
Mittwoch, 10.2.2021, 06:00
The Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) offers a brand new series of online learning courses adapted to different profiles of professionals working in protected areas. Each course is built on 50 videos (from our MOOCs) followed by quizzes to enable protected area actors to develop the skills that are essential for their profession.
The RANGER Essential is meant for guards and field rangers working mainly on data collection, anti-poaching, guiding etc. ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO has assessed the measures taken by governments to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on culture professionals and on the sector as a whole, an impact which appears to be more severe than previously assumed, according to data collected by the Organization and contained in a new policy guide.
In the film industry, it is estimated that ten million jobs will be lost in 2020 (1), while one third of art galleries are estimated to have reduced their staff by half during the crisis ...
Donnerstag, 18.2.2021, 06:00
After closing the UN Decade on Biodiversity, countries are this year negotiating a new 10 year agenda to halt the accelerating loss of biodiversity. This new and overarching global biodiversity framework, dubbed the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, is to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), planned later in 2021 in Kunming, China.
A Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the ...
Montag, 22.2.2021, 06:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, organized an regional workshop from 17 to 19 February 2021, where National Focal Points from the Africa region participated online.
Following the submission of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting questionnaires in July 2020 and several consultations with World Heritage site managers and African heritage experts of the Africa region and their ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 17:00
This year's scholarship for the World Heritage site Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland is now open for applications until 18 February 2021.
The World Heritage site was inscribed in 2012 and consists of seven large timber farmhouses with richly decorated interior. They are part of a concentration of over a thousand surviving timber structures in the Hälsingland area of reflect a timber building tradition that originated in the Middle Ages.
Objective
The World Heritage ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 06:00
After a closure of more than ten years, the Lopé National Park Ecomuseum reopened its doors on 5 February 2021 with an official ceremony attended by the Executive Secretary and staff of the National Parks Agency (ANPN), local authorities and the head of culture from the UNESCO office in Libreville.
This important building is of great pedagogical interest for learning about conservation through the valorization of history and the close relationship maintained by local communities with ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 06:00
Five youth-led projects bring together heritage and peacebuilding in the Arab States region
Following the success of the Arab World Heritage Young Professionals Forum, and continuing their sense of engagement and purpose beyond the participation in the Forum, five young professionals implemented follow-up projects in the region, making heritage accessible to all, and leveraging it as a channel for peacebuilding in the communities.
Through these projects, the participants put to ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 06:00
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 13 January--During a meeting yesterday, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and Tirso Dos Santos, Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam and UNESCO Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, reviewed emergency response measures following the collapse on 25 December 2020 of the Beit-al-Ajaib historic building, also known as the House of Wonders, in the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property.
The House of Wonders is an ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
In the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting, which started in the Africa region in September 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and UNESCO Field Offices, is organising a final regional online workshop for National Focal Points of the Africa region to present the outcomes of Periodic Reporting Exercise and to collect and develop recommendations to the preparation of the Regional Report and draft Action Plan ...
Freitag, 26.2.2021, 22:00
Integrating World Heritage in the Curricula of Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa – UNESCO's World Heritage Centre (WHC) and Chair on African Heritage at the Great Zimbabwe University join forces to promote capacity building in Africa.
On 24 February 2021, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO WHC and the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU), held an online consultation meeting dedicated to exploring areas of cooperation and the increased role of Universities in conserving and promoting ...
Donnerstag, 18.2.2021, 06:00
After closing the UN Decade on Biodiversity, countries are this year negotiating a new 10 year agenda to halt the accelerating loss of biodiversity. This new and overarching global biodiversity framework, dubbed the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, is to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), planned later in 2021 in Kunming, China.
A Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 18:00
From 24 November to 8 December 2020, the Pendjari national park in Benin and the W national park in Niger carried out the largest regional initiative for the installation of satellite collars on a total of 25 elephants and 14 antelopes in this large cross-border complex. With a view to safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, this initiative aimed to increase monitoring and ensure the protection of these species in these two national parks, which are components of the ...
Dienstag, 26.1.2021, 18:00
On 22 January 2021, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with UNESCO in the amount of Euros 583,566 to provide support for capacity-building of nomination projects and promotion of World Heritage sites in five Eastern African countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia and United Republic of Tanzania. The three-year capacity-building programme will support the updating of the Tentative Lists of these countries, assist in the preparation of robust nomination files, and strengthen ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 18:00
First meeting of the open-ended working group of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in conformity with Resolution 22 GA 10

English French
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 17:00
This year's scholarship for the World Heritage site Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland is now open for applications until 18 February 2021. The World Heritage site was inscribed in 2012 and consists of seven large timber farmhouses with richly decorated interior. They are part of a concentration of over a thousand surviving timber structures in the Hälsingland area of reflect a timber building tradition that originated in the Middle Ages.
Objective:
The World Heritage ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
12 December 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of the Historic Centre of San Gimignano on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
On this occasion, the City of San Gimignano organized a celebratory event, bringing together high-level representatives from the Italian government and UNESCO, as well as site managers, experts, artists, and representatives from the public sector and academia.
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, delivered a speech ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is a dedicated Question & Answer Session for Section I of the questionnare with a focus on the following:

Answering specific questions on chapters or questions
Addressing any concerns regarding the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting so far
Other inputs and feedback on the ...
Montag, 15.2.2021, 06:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Freitag, 22.1.2021, 06:00
The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast generates more than 1000 jobs for its local community and contributes over AU$100 million to the economy of Western Australia. The economic valuation is the first major milestone toward the design of a climate change adaptation strategy at World Heritage-Listed coral reefs as part of the global Resilient Reefs Initiative.
Ningaloo Coast – a striking stretch of land- and seascape along the western coast of Australia with globally significant ...
Dienstag, 12.1.2021, 01:00
Montag, 21.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre vigilant on potential impacts of oil and gas exploration in Namibia and Botswana on the Tsodila and Okavango Delta World Heritage properties.
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre has been made aware of petitions by civil society groups received by the UNESCO office in Windhoek, Namibia. The Centre is following with attention and concern the oil and gas exploration projects in north-eastern Namibia and north-western Botswana by the Canadian company ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
Nominations are now open. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2021
The Prize rewards outstanding actions to safeguard and enhance the world's outstanding cultural landscapes which contribute directly and significantly to the goals set out in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Prize winner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, receives an award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 by Greece and named ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 18:00
From 24 November to 8 December 2020, the Pendjari national park in Benin and the W national park in Niger carried out the largest regional initiative for the installation of satellite collars on a total of 25 elephants and 14 antelopes in this large cross-border complex. With a view to safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, this initiative aimed to increase monitoring and ensure the protection of these species in these two national parks, which are components of the ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 16:00
Following the destruction of protected area infrastructures caused by excessive rain and the resulting flooding that occurred in May 2020, UNESCO, through the Government of China Funds for Capacity Building and Cooperation for World Heritage in Africa, and in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, supported the preparation of architectural designs for five bridges along Central circuit and Kilembe tourist routes within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage ...
Donnerstag, 28.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is dedicated to Maps & Boundaries (Section II, Chapter 5) and focus on the following:

All the essentials on maps, boundaries and related processes
Introduction / reminder about the ongoing retrospective inventory exercise in the APA region,
Lessons learnt ...
Mittwoch, 27.1.2021, 19:00
On 19 January 2021, UNESCO and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) launched the development of the Conservation and Management Plan for the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions of Ghana, during a hybrid (physical and online) four-day capacity-building workshop and marked a major step in the implementation of the International Assistance, under the World Heritage Fund.
"This workshop is crucial, as the new Management Plan will introduce priority ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO is closely following plans for a 75-hectare amusement park under discussion near the World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has also received numerous appeals from third parties expressing their concern.
The plenary session of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC), held virtually on 26 and 27 January, addressed this project with particular attention, and the technical opinions of experts in the fields of conservation and ...
Montag, 15.2.2021, 06:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Donnerstag, 28.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is dedicated to Maps & Boundaries (Section II, Chapter 5) and focus on the following:

All the essentials on maps, boundaries and related processes
Introduction / reminder about the ongoing retrospective inventory exercise in the APA region,
Lessons learnt ...
Freitag, 12.2.2021, 22:00
Following the outbreak of avian influenza currently raging in Senegal and Mauritania, UNESCO organized on February 11, 2021, a virtual information and consultation meeting with the Senegalese and Mauritanian authorities in charge of the management of the Djoudj National Bird Park (PNOD), the Diawling National Park (PND) and the Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) as well as representatives of FAO, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the CMS ...
Freitag, 25.12.2020, 06:00
Following news of the collapse of a part of the House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib) in Stone Town, Zanzibar on 25 December 2020, the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ms Mechtild Rössler joins the people of Zanzibar, and the United Republic of Tanzania in general to mourn this sudden and significant loss.
The House of Wonders is one of the outstanding monuments in the Stone Town of Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List since ...
Freitag, 12.2.2021, 22:00
Following the outbreak of avian influenza currently raging in Senegal and Mauritania, UNESCO organized on February 11, 2021, a virtual information and consultation meeting with the Senegalese and Mauritanian authorities in charge of the management of the Djoudj National Bird Park (PNOD), the Diawling National Park (PND) and the Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) as well as representatives of FAO, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the CMS ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 18:00
First meeting of the open-ended working group of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in conformity with Resolution 22 GA 10

English French
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 06:00
Five youth-led projects bring together heritage and peacebuilding in the Arab States region
Following the success of the Arab World Heritage Young Professionals Forum, and continuing their sense of engagement and purpose beyond the participation in the Forum, five young professionals implemented follow-up projects in the region, making heritage accessible to all, and leveraging it as a channel for peacebuilding in the communities.
Through these projects, the participants put to ...
Freitag, 22.1.2021, 06:00
The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast generates more than 1000 jobs for its local community and contributes over AU$100 million to the economy of Western Australia. The economic valuation is the first major milestone toward the design of a climate change adaptation strategy at World Heritage-Listed coral reefs as part of the global Resilient Reefs Initiative.
Ningaloo Coast – a striking stretch of land- and seascape along the western coast of Australia with globally significant ...
Mittwoch, 23.12.2020, 06:00
12 December, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of "Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
To celebrate the occasion, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, organized an International Scientific and Practical Online Conference on "World ...
Dienstag, 2.2.2021, 06:00
This year's theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,' highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss. This is especially important as we mark the UN Decades of Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The UNESCO World Heritage Convention works continuously with other entities to protect the most important wetland systems in the world. Wetlands are currently protected under different ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 16:00
Following the destruction of protected area infrastructures caused by excessive rain and the resulting flooding that occurred in May 2020, UNESCO, through the Government of China Funds for Capacity Building and Cooperation for World Heritage in Africa, and in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, supported the preparation of architectural designs for five bridges along Central circuit and Kilembe tourist routes within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO, in partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF), sent a team of experts from the University of Cape Town led by Prof. Heinz Rüther to the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property from 28 January to 2 February 2021. They  are undertaking 3D data collection at the historic House of Wonders building, which partially collapsed on 25 December 2020, as part of an in-depth survey and condition assessment.
The mission team has captured metrically accurate spatial data using ...
Dienstag, 2.2.2021, 06:00
This year's theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,' highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss. This is especially important as we mark the UN Decades of Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The UNESCO World Heritage Convention works continuously with other entities to protect the most important wetland systems in the world. Wetlands are currently protected under different ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
Nominations are now open. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2021
The Prize rewards outstanding actions to safeguard and enhance the world's outstanding cultural landscapes which contribute directly and significantly to the goals set out in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Prize winner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, receives an award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 by Greece and named ...
Dienstag, 26.1.2021, 18:00
On 22 January 2021, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with UNESCO in the amount of Euros 583,566 to provide support for capacity-building of nomination projects and promotion of World Heritage sites in five Eastern African countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia and United Republic of Tanzania. The three-year capacity-building programme will support the updating of the Tentative Lists of these countries, assist in the preparation of robust nomination files, and strengthen ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 06:00
After a closure of more than ten years, the Lopé National Park Ecomuseum reopened its doors on 5 February 2021 with an official ceremony attended by the Executive Secretary and staff of the National Parks Agency (ANPN), local authorities and the head of culture from the UNESCO office in Libreville.
This important building is of great pedagogical interest for learning about conservation through the valorization of history and the close relationship maintained by local communities with ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the selected projects of the World Heritage Volunteers 2020 - 2021 Campaign.
Under the theme Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage, 55 action camp projects will be implemented from February to December 2021, at 55 World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative Lists, by 49 organizations in 32 countries. These projects will include concrete awareness-raising and ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO has assessed the measures taken by governments to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on culture professionals and on the sector as a whole, an impact which appears to be more severe than previously assumed, according to data collected by the Organization and contained in a new policy guide.
In the film industry, it is estimated that ten million jobs will be lost in 2020 (1), while one third of art galleries are estimated to have reduced their staff by half during the crisis ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO is closely following plans for a 75-hectare amusement park under discussion near the World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has also received numerous appeals from third parties expressing their concern.
The plenary session of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC), held virtually on 26 and 27 January, addressed this project with particular attention, and the technical opinions of experts in the fields of conservation and ...
Donnerstag, 17.12.2020, 06:00
On 3 December 2020, climate experts and local management teams from the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites met online in an effort to accelerate replication of initial successes in assessing climate vulnerability. 
The online meeting was the fourth edition in a new digital exchange platform that was launched by the World Heritage Centre in March 2020.During the meeting, experts from Australia's James Cook University presented a newly developed rapid assessment tool called the ...
Mittwoch, 10.2.2021, 06:00
The Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) offers a brand new series of online learning courses adapted to different profiles of professionals working in protected areas. Each course is built on 50 videos (from our MOOCs) followed by quizzes to enable protected area actors to develop the skills that are essential for their profession.
The RANGER Essential is meant for guards and field rangers working mainly on data collection, anti-poaching, guiding etc. ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
In the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting, which started in the Africa region in September 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and UNESCO Field Offices, is organising a final regional online workshop for National Focal Points of the Africa region to present the outcomes of Periodic Reporting Exercise and to collect and develop recommendations to the preparation of the Regional Report and draft Action Plan ...
Mittwoch, 27.1.2021, 19:00
On 19 January 2021, UNESCO and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) launched the development of the Conservation and Management Plan for the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions of Ghana, during a hybrid (physical and online) four-day capacity-building workshop and marked a major step in the implementation of the International Assistance, under the World Heritage Fund.
"This workshop is crucial, as the new Management Plan will introduce priority ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 06:00
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 13 January--During a meeting yesterday, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and Tirso Dos Santos, Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam and UNESCO Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, reviewed emergency response measures following the collapse on 25 December 2020 of the Beit-al-Ajaib historic building, also known as the House of Wonders, in the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property.
The House of Wonders is an ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO, in partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF), sent a team of experts from the University of Cape Town led by Prof. Heinz Rüther to the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property from 28 January to 2 February 2021. They  are undertaking 3D data collection at the historic House of Wonders building, which partially collapsed on 25 December 2020, as part of an in-depth survey and condition assessment.
The mission team has captured metrically accurate spatial data using ...
Mittwoch, 23.12.2020, 06:00
12 December, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of "Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
To celebrate the occasion, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, organized an International Scientific and Practical Online Conference on "World ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
The World Heritage Centre expresses concerns over on-going bushfires at Fraser Island World Heritage area in Australia, the largest sand island in the world, and solidarity with the people affected by the blaze.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has been receiving expressions of concern over the possible impact of the bushfire on the World Heritage property "Fraser Island”. The property, located just off the east coast of Australia, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992 and ...
Donnerstag, 25.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO expresses its sorrow and condolences at the death of Hugo Houben.
As an engineer of electronics and nuclear physics, Hugo Houben embarked on another path, more in line with his ethical commitments. At the age of 28, he responded to a request to participate in the construction of a popular village in Algeria. It was then that he discovered that earth can be a good construction material and launched into research to satisfy his immense curiosity, but above all, to understand and ...
Montag, 22.2.2021, 06:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, organised a regional workshop, which took place from 17 to 19 February 2021, where National Focal Points from the Africa region participated online.
Following the submission of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting questionnaires in July 2020 and several consultations with World Heritage site managers and African heritage experts of the Africa region ...
Weltkulturerbe
Mittwoch, 23.12.2020, 06:00
12 December, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of "Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
To celebrate the occasion, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, organized an International Scientific and Practical Online Conference on "World ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 06:00
After a closure of more than ten years, the Lopé National Park Ecomuseum reopened its doors on 5 February 2021 with an official ceremony attended by the Executive Secretary and staff of the National Parks Agency (ANPN), local authorities and the head of culture from the UNESCO office in Libreville.
This important building is of great pedagogical interest for learning about conservation through the valorization of history and the close relationship maintained by local communities with ...
Donnerstag, 18.2.2021, 06:00
After closing the UN Decade on Biodiversity, countries are this year negotiating a new 10 year agenda to halt the accelerating loss of biodiversity. This new and overarching global biodiversity framework, dubbed the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, is to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), planned later in 2021 in Kunming, China.
A Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 06:00
Five youth-led projects bring together heritage and peacebuilding in the Arab States region
Following the success of the Arab World Heritage Young Professionals Forum, and continuing their sense of engagement and purpose beyond the participation in the Forum, five young professionals implemented follow-up projects in the region, making heritage accessible to all, and leveraging it as a channel for peacebuilding in the communities.
Through these projects, the participants put to ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 17:00
This year's scholarship for the World Heritage site Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland is now open for applications until 18 February 2021. The World Heritage site was inscribed in 2012 and consists of seven large timber farmhouses with richly decorated interior. They are part of a concentration of over a thousand surviving timber structures in the Hälsingland area of reflect a timber building tradition that originated in the Middle Ages.
Objective:
The World Heritage ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 18:00
First meeting of the open-ended working group of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in conformity with Resolution 22 GA 10

English French
Dienstag, 12.1.2021, 01:00
Donnerstag, 18.2.2021, 06:00
After closing the UN Decade on Biodiversity, countries are this year negotiating a new 10 year agenda to halt the accelerating loss of biodiversity. This new and overarching global biodiversity framework, dubbed the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, is to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), planned later in 2021 in Kunming, China.
A Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the ...
Mittwoch, 27.1.2021, 19:00
On 19 January 2021, UNESCO and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) launched the development of the Conservation and Management Plan for the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions of Ghana, during a hybrid (physical and online) four-day capacity-building workshop and marked a major step in the implementation of the International Assistance, under the World Heritage Fund.
"This workshop is crucial, as the new Management Plan will introduce priority ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
Nominations are now open. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2021
The Prize rewards outstanding actions to safeguard and enhance the world's outstanding cultural landscapes which contribute directly and significantly to the goals set out in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Prize winner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, receives an award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 by Greece and named ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
Nominations are now open. Deadline for submission: 30 April 2021
The Prize rewards outstanding actions to safeguard and enhance the world's outstanding cultural landscapes which contribute directly and significantly to the goals set out in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Prize winner, who may be an individual, an institution or a non-governmental organization, receives an award of 30,000 USD.
The Prize was created in 1995 by Greece and named ...
Dienstag, 2.2.2021, 06:00
This year's theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,' highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss. This is especially important as we mark the UN Decades of Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The UNESCO World Heritage Convention works continuously with other entities to protect the most important wetland systems in the world. Wetlands are currently protected under different ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
In the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting, which started in the Africa region in September 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and UNESCO Field Offices, is organising a final regional online workshop for National Focal Points of the Africa region to present the outcomes of Periodic Reporting Exercise and to collect and develop recommendations to the preparation of the Regional Report and draft Action Plan ...
Mittwoch, 27.1.2021, 19:00
On 19 January 2021, UNESCO and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) launched the development of the Conservation and Management Plan for the Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions of Ghana, during a hybrid (physical and online) four-day capacity-building workshop and marked a major step in the implementation of the International Assistance, under the World Heritage Fund.
"This workshop is crucial, as the new Management Plan will introduce priority ...
Montag, 22.2.2021, 06:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, organised a regional workshop, which took place from 17 to 19 February 2021, where National Focal Points from the Africa region participated online.
Following the submission of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting questionnaires in July 2020 and several consultations with World Heritage site managers and African heritage experts of the Africa region ...
Freitag, 22.1.2021, 06:00
The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast generates more than 1000 jobs for its local community and contributes over AU$100 million to the economy of Western Australia. The economic valuation is the first major milestone toward the design of a climate change adaptation strategy at World Heritage-Listed coral reefs as part of the global Resilient Reefs Initiative.
Ningaloo Coast – a striking stretch of land- and seascape along the western coast of Australia with globally significant ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is a dedicated Question & Answer Session for Section I of the questionnare with a focus on the following:

Answering specific questions on chapters or questions
Addressing any concerns regarding the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting so far
Other inputs and feedback on the ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 06:00
Five youth-led projects bring together heritage and peacebuilding in the Arab States region
Following the success of the Arab World Heritage Young Professionals Forum, and continuing their sense of engagement and purpose beyond the participation in the Forum, five young professionals implemented follow-up projects in the region, making heritage accessible to all, and leveraging it as a channel for peacebuilding in the communities.
Through these projects, the participants put to ...
Dienstag, 26.1.2021, 18:00
On 22 January 2021, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with UNESCO in the amount of Euros 583,566 to provide support for capacity-building of nomination projects and promotion of World Heritage sites in five Eastern African countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia and United Republic of Tanzania. The three-year capacity-building programme will support the updating of the Tentative Lists of these countries, assist in the preparation of robust nomination files, and strengthen ...
Freitag, 12.2.2021, 22:00
Following the outbreak of avian influenza currently raging in Senegal and Mauritania, UNESCO organized on February 11, 2021, a virtual information and consultation meeting with the Senegalese and Mauritanian authorities in charge of the management of the Djoudj National Bird Park (PNOD), the Diawling National Park (PND) and the Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) as well as representatives of FAO, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the CMS ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 18:00
From 24 November to 8 December 2020, the Pendjari national park in Benin and the W national park in Niger carried out the largest regional initiative for the installation of satellite collars on a total of 25 elephants and 14 antelopes in this large cross-border complex. With a view to safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, this initiative aimed to increase monitoring and ensure the protection of these species in these two national parks, which are components of the ...
Mittwoch, 10.2.2021, 06:00
The Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) offers a brand new series of online learning courses adapted to different profiles of professionals working in protected areas. Each course is built on 50 videos (from our MOOCs) followed by quizzes to enable protected area actors to develop the skills that are essential for their profession.
The RANGER Essential is meant for guards and field rangers working mainly on data collection, anti-poaching, guiding etc. ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO, in partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF), sent a team of experts from the University of Cape Town led by Prof. Heinz Rüther to the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property from 28 January to 2 February 2021. They  are undertaking 3D data collection at the historic House of Wonders building, which partially collapsed on 25 December 2020, as part of an in-depth survey and condition assessment.
The mission team has captured metrically accurate spatial data using ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO has assessed the measures taken by governments to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on culture professionals and on the sector as a whole, an impact which appears to be more severe than previously assumed, according to data collected by the Organization and contained in a new policy guide.
In the film industry, it is estimated that ten million jobs will be lost in 2020 (1), while one third of art galleries are estimated to have reduced their staff by half during the crisis ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
12 December 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of the Historic Centre of San Gimignano on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
On this occasion, the City of San Gimignano organized a celebratory event, bringing together high-level representatives from the Italian government and UNESCO, as well as site managers, experts, artists, and representatives from the public sector and academia.
The Director of the World Heritage Centre, Mechtild Rössler, delivered a speech ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 06:00
After a closure of more than ten years, the Lopé National Park Ecomuseum reopened its doors on 5 February 2021 with an official ceremony attended by the Executive Secretary and staff of the National Parks Agency (ANPN), local authorities and the head of culture from the UNESCO office in Libreville.
This important building is of great pedagogical interest for learning about conservation through the valorization of history and the close relationship maintained by local communities with ...
Mittwoch, 23.12.2020, 06:00
12 December, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the inscription of "Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
To celebrate the occasion, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve, in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, organized an International Scientific and Practical Online Conference on "World ...
Freitag, 25.12.2020, 06:00
Following news of the collapse of a part of the House of Wonders (Beit-al-Ajaib) in Stone Town, Zanzibar on 25 December 2020, the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Ms Mechtild Rössler joins the people of Zanzibar, and the United Republic of Tanzania in general to mourn this sudden and significant loss.
The House of Wonders is one of the outstanding monuments in the Stone Town of Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania), a property inscribed on the World Heritage List since ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO is closely following plans for a 75-hectare amusement park under discussion near the World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has also received numerous appeals from third parties expressing their concern.
The plenary session of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC), held virtually on 26 and 27 January, addressed this project with particular attention, and the technical opinions of experts in the fields of conservation and ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 16:00
Following the destruction of protected area infrastructures caused by excessive rain and the resulting flooding that occurred in May 2020, UNESCO, through the Government of China Funds for Capacity Building and Cooperation for World Heritage in Africa, and in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, supported the preparation of architectural designs for five bridges along Central circuit and Kilembe tourist routes within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 16:00
Following the destruction of protected area infrastructures caused by excessive rain and the resulting flooding that occurred in May 2020, UNESCO, through the Government of China Funds for Capacity Building and Cooperation for World Heritage in Africa, and in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, supported the preparation of architectural designs for five bridges along Central circuit and Kilembe tourist routes within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage ...
Donnerstag, 28.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is dedicated to Maps & Boundaries (Section II, Chapter 5) and focus on the following:

All the essentials on maps, boundaries and related processes
Introduction / reminder about the ongoing retrospective inventory exercise in the APA region,
Lessons learnt ...
Dienstag, 16.2.2021, 18:00
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Montag, 22.2.2021, 06:00
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, organized an regional workshop from 17 to 19 February 2021, where National Focal Points from the Africa region participated online.
Following the submission of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting questionnaires in July 2020 and several consultations with World Heritage site managers and African heritage experts of the Africa region and their ...
Montag, 21.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre vigilant on potential impacts of oil and gas exploration in Namibia and Botswana on the Tsodila and Okavango Delta World Heritage properties.
UNESCO's World Heritage Centre has been made aware of petitions by civil society groups received by the UNESCO office in Windhoek, Namibia. The Centre is following with attention and concern the oil and gas exploration projects in north-eastern Namibia and north-western Botswana by the Canadian company ...
Donnerstag, 28.1.2021, 15:00
The World Heritage Centre is organizing a series of online training sessions to accompany States Parties in Asia and the Pacific as they carry out the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting.
This session is dedicated to Maps & Boundaries (Section II, Chapter 5) and focus on the following:

All the essentials on maps, boundaries and related processes
Introduction / reminder about the ongoing retrospective inventory exercise in the APA region,
Lessons learnt ...
Dienstag, 2.2.2021, 06:00
This year's theme for World Wetlands Day ‘Wetlands and Water,' highlights the importance of wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages action to restore them and stop their loss. This is especially important as we mark the UN Decades of Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
The UNESCO World Heritage Convention works continuously with other entities to protect the most important wetland systems in the world. Wetlands are currently protected under different ...
Donnerstag, 25.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO expresses its sorrow and condolences at the death of Hugo Houben.
As an engineer of electronics and nuclear physics, Hugo Houben embarked on another path, more in line with his ethical commitments. At the age of 28, he responded to a request to participate in the construction of a popular village in Algeria. It was then that he discovered that earth can be a good construction material and launched into research to satisfy his immense curiosity, but above all, to understand and ...
Freitag, 22.1.2021, 06:00
The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast generates more than 1000 jobs for its local community and contributes over AU$100 million to the economy of Western Australia. The economic valuation is the first major milestone toward the design of a climate change adaptation strategy at World Heritage-Listed coral reefs as part of the global Resilient Reefs Initiative.
Ningaloo Coast – a striking stretch of land- and seascape along the western coast of Australia with globally significant ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 06:00
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 13 January--During a meeting yesterday, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and Tirso Dos Santos, Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam and UNESCO Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, reviewed emergency response measures following the collapse on 25 December 2020 of the Beit-al-Ajaib historic building, also known as the House of Wonders, in the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property.
The House of Wonders is an ...
Mittwoch, 20.1.2021, 17:00
This year's scholarship for the World Heritage site Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland is now open for applications until 18 February 2021.
The World Heritage site was inscribed in 2012 and consists of seven large timber farmhouses with richly decorated interior. They are part of a concentration of over a thousand surviving timber structures in the Hälsingland area of reflect a timber building tradition that originated in the Middle Ages.
Objective
The World Heritage ...
Montag, 8.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO, in partnership with World Monuments Fund (WMF), sent a team of experts from the University of Cape Town led by Prof. Heinz Rüther to the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property from 28 January to 2 February 2021. They  are undertaking 3D data collection at the historic House of Wonders building, which partially collapsed on 25 December 2020, as part of an in-depth survey and condition assessment.
The mission team has captured metrically accurate spatial data using ...
Donnerstag, 14.1.2021, 06:00
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 13 January--During a meeting yesterday, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar, and Tirso Dos Santos, Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam and UNESCO Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, reviewed emergency response measures following the collapse on 25 December 2020 of the Beit-al-Ajaib historic building, also known as the House of Wonders, in the Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage property.
The House of Wonders is an ...
Freitag, 26.2.2021, 22:00
Integrating World Heritage in the Curricula of Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa – UNESCO's World Heritage Centre (WHC) and Chair on African Heritage at the Great Zimbabwe University join forces to promote capacity building in Africa.
On 24 February 2021, the Africa Unit of the UNESCO WHC and the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU), held an online consultation meeting dedicated to exploring areas of cooperation and the increased role of Universities in conserving and promoting ...
Montag, 15.2.2021, 06:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
UNESCO is closely following plans for a 75-hectare amusement park under discussion near the World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has also received numerous appeals from third parties expressing their concern.
The plenary session of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC), held virtually on 26 and 27 January, addressed this project with particular attention, and the technical opinions of experts in the fields of conservation and ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
The year 2020 was intended to be a "biodiversity super year”. Many far-reaching decisions concerning the preservation of biodiversity were meant to be taken in 2020. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of international meetings could not take place and have been postponed.
 Meanwhile, the pandemic is not an isolated phenomenon. Scientific evidence links the emergence of the COVID-19 virus to the breakdown of ecosystems and biodiversity loss. Humankind has been destroying ...
Montag, 15.2.2021, 06:00
Monitoring World Heritage site closures

Introduction to the global map on the closure of World Heritage sites due to Covid-19 and analysis.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments have taken measures to restrict movements of people and access to certain areas.
This includes the closure of natural and cultural World Heritage sites in the 167 countries they are located in. Please consider the following when reviewing the map:

The World Heritage Convention has been ratified ...
Dienstag, 12.1.2021, 01:00
Mittwoch, 17.2.2021, 06:00
In the framework of the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting, which started in the Africa region in September 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in close collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund and UNESCO Field Offices, is organising a final regional online workshop for National Focal Points of the Africa region to present the outcomes of Periodic Reporting Exercise and to collect and develop recommendations to the preparation of the Regional Report and draft Action Plan ...
Mittwoch, 10.2.2021, 06:00
The Programme on African Protected Areas & Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) offers a brand new series of online learning courses adapted to different profiles of professionals working in protected areas. Each course is built on 50 videos (from our MOOCs) followed by quizzes to enable protected area actors to develop the skills that are essential for their profession.
The RANGER Essential is meant for guards and field rangers working mainly on data collection, anti-poaching, guiding etc. ...
Dienstag, 26.1.2021, 18:00
On 22 January 2021, the Sultanate of Oman signed an agreement with UNESCO in the amount of Euros 583,566 to provide support for capacity-building of nomination projects and promotion of World Heritage sites in five Eastern African countries: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Somalia and United Republic of Tanzania. The three-year capacity-building programme will support the updating of the Tentative Lists of these countries, assist in the preparation of robust nomination files, and strengthen ...
Mittwoch, 13.1.2021, 18:00
From 24 November to 8 December 2020, the Pendjari national park in Benin and the W national park in Niger carried out the largest regional initiative for the installation of satellite collars on a total of 25 elephants and 14 antelopes in this large cross-border complex. With a view to safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, this initiative aimed to increase monitoring and ensure the protection of these species in these two national parks, which are components of the ...
Freitag, 18.12.2020, 06:00
Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the selected projects of the World Heritage Volunteers 2020 - 2021 Campaign.
Under the theme Fostering Youth Commitment towards World Heritage, 55 action camp projects will be implemented from February to December 2021, at 55 World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative Lists, by 49 organizations in 32 countries. These projects will include concrete awareness-raising and ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
The World Heritage Centre expresses concerns over on-going bushfires at Fraser Island World Heritage area in Australia, the largest sand island in the world, and solidarity with the people affected by the blaze.
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has been receiving expressions of concern over the possible impact of the bushfire on the World Heritage property "Fraser Island”. The property, located just off the east coast of Australia, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992 and ...
Dienstag, 22.12.2020, 06:00
UNESCO has assessed the measures taken by governments to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on culture professionals and on the sector as a whole, an impact which appears to be more severe than previously assumed, according to data collected by the Organization and contained in a new policy guide.
In the film industry, it is estimated that ten million jobs will be lost in 2020 (1), while one third of art galleries are estimated to have reduced their staff by half during the crisis ...
Donnerstag, 17.12.2020, 06:00
On 3 December 2020, climate experts and local management teams from the 50 UNESCO marine World Heritage sites met online in an effort to accelerate replication of initial successes in assessing climate vulnerability. 
The online meeting was the fourth edition in a new digital exchange platform that was launched by the World Heritage Centre in March 2020.During the meeting, experts from Australia's James Cook University presented a newly developed rapid assessment tool called the ...
Freitag, 12.2.2021, 22:00
Following the outbreak of avian influenza currently raging in Senegal and Mauritania, UNESCO organized on February 11, 2021, a virtual information and consultation meeting with the Senegalese and Mauritanian authorities in charge of the management of the Djoudj National Bird Park (PNOD), the Diawling National Park (PND) and the Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA) as well as representatives of FAO, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the CMS ...
Montag, 15.2.2021, 16:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hellenistic era theater in Turkey produces scores of terracotta statuettes
    (details)

  • Oldest known Chinese cosmetic cream found in noble tomb
    (details)

  • Venetian beads found in Alaska point to possible pre-colonial trade
    (details)

  • New analysis of an ancient conch shell finds it may be oldest discovered wind instrument
    (details)


Montag, 8.2.2021, 17:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • How environmental change may have created the Egypt nation-state
    (details)

  • Early Medieval graveyard found beneath student housing in Cambridge
    (details)

  • Archaeology is unlocking more details about Peru’s Cloud Warriors
    (details)

  • New analysis offers insight into Bronze Age agricultural practices
    (details)


Montag, 23.11.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Late Roman watchtower found along lower Danube in Bulgaria
    (details)

  • In times of drought, early Puebloans turned to underground caves for water
    (details)

  • Edo period document details strict code of conduct for workers
    (details)

  • Race to excavate Viking longship is up against long odds
    (details)


Montag, 16.11.2020, 19:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remains of people and horses provide insight into Xiongnu civilization
    (details)

  • The true story behind the Great Fire of Rome
    (details)

  • New fossil discovery shows evolutionary changes in extinct human in small-scale
    (details)

  • The Svalbard shipwreck and where it disappeared to
    (details)


Montag, 14.12.2020, 15:38
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Bronze Age grave in Croatia holds bones of warrior still wearing his bronze helmet
    (details)

  • Norwegian ice patch reveals evidence of reindeer hunting across 6000 years
    (details)

  • Prehistoric Southwestern mummies show entire communities offered help to the dying
    (details)

  • Pandemic stay-home in UK leads to gardening, with a harvest of Tudor-era coins
    (details)


Montag, 4.1.2021, 17:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient Peruvian farmers used cyclical climate patterns as an advantage
    (details)

  • Bozeman Trail proponents seek national historic designation status
    (details)

  • New excavations reveal details of daily life in Pompeii
    (details)

  • Analysis of tree rings provides fresh evidence of climatic fluctuations
    (details)


Montag, 1.2.2021, 15:49
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers discover 3000-year-old royal purple dye in Israel
    (details)

  • Ancient milk proteins in Africa show long-term milk consumption
    (details)

  • Dogs likely to have accompanied people to the Americas
    (details)

  • Medieval Cambridge skeletons reveal injuries to manual laborers
    (details)


Montag, 30.11.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Chewed-upon hallucinogenic plant remains found in cave with rock art
    (details)

  • Ancestral Puebloans used thousands of turkey feathers to make blanket
    (details)

  • Ancient city in Saudi Arabia now restored and open to the public
    (details)

  • More mask reliefs depicting traditional motifs found in ancient Turkish theater
    (details)


Montag, 21.12.2020, 15:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hoards of counterfeit silver show how rulers propped up currency in early Middle East
    (details)

  • Climate change, not Genghis Khan, caused the end of Central Asian kingdoms
    (details)

  • More skulls found from Aztec tower of skulls in Mexico City
    (details)

  • Scottish cross from Viking-era hoard shows craftsmanship fit for a king
    (details)


Montag, 18.1.2021, 16:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Temple to Aphrodite identified in Turkey
    (details)

  • Facial reconstruction reveals features of buried Siberian man and his companion
    (details)

  • Rare female statue found in Mexican citrus grove
    (details)

  • Dating confirms that Sulawesi warty pig is oldest animal cave art known
    (details)


Montag, 25.1.2021, 15:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New finds in Egypt include temple, burials and part of the Book of the Dead
    (details)

  • Bronze Age caches in Europe show standardized objects, perhaps used as money
    (details)

  • Ohio’s Fort Ancient earthworks may become part of larger Hopewell monument
    (details)

  • Ancient knowledge analyzed to provide insight on current global issues
    (details)


Montag, 28.12.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Compost islands in the Amazon
    (details)

  • Ancient washed-up weapons turn out to be made of human bone
    (details)

  • DNA trumps ceramics in correcting the history of early Caribbean
    (details)

  • Tooth plaque reveals that Levant commoners ate imported foods
    (details)


Montag, 2.11.2020, 16:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient dog DNA is being used to help trace human history
    (details)

  • Research in the United States examines what it meant to be a Mississippian
    (details)

  • Evidence shows ancient people in Turkey successfully adapted to climate change
    (details)

  • Newly found signet with the image Apollo points to a pluralistic Jerusalem
    (details)


Montag, 7.12.2020, 23:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient necropolis in Tauste adds to evidence of an extended Islamic presence
    (details)

  • New research techniques reveal extensive water collection systems at Tikal
    (details)

  • Multi-national effort unravels illegal transfer and auction of looted Greek artifacts
    (details)

  • Vast collections of prehistoric rock art imagery found on remote cliffs in Colombia
    (details)


Montag, 11.1.2021, 15:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New South African fossils show ever more diversity in early hominid species
    (details)

  • Indigenous-led archaeology corrects and expands on Victoria, Australia, prehistory
    (details)

  • Death threats to famed archaeologist excavating Peru’s most ancient city
    (details)

  • Treasure hunter who disturbed Yellowstone’s historic cemetery pleads guilty
    (details)


Montag, 22.2.2021, 15:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Dating to First Dynasty, Egyptian beer factory is oldest ever found
    (details)

  • Grindstone with moth remains documents an important Aboriginal food tradition
    (details)

  • Global study of successful societies highlights role of taxes and bureaucracy
    (details)

  • Stalagmite study shows Silk Road didn’t start until megadrought ended
    (details)


Montag, 9.11.2020, 18:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Teeth from Bronze Age site in Spain show that women were fiber specialists
    (details)

  • Andes burial from 9,000 years ago reveals young, female big-game hunter
    (details)

  • Greenwich Palace exploration finds the spot where everything changed for Henry VIII
    (details)

  • Search for Tulsa Massacre remains finds coffins that were buried without marker
    (details)


Central Asia Trade
Montag, 21.12.2020, 15:45
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hoards of counterfeit silver show how rulers propped up currency in early Middle East
    (details)

  • Climate change, not Genghis Khan, caused the end of Central Asian kingdoms
    (details)

  • More skulls found from Aztec tower of skulls in Mexico City
    (details)

  • Scottish cross from Viking-era hoard shows craftsmanship fit for a king
    (details)


Montag, 8.2.2021, 17:24
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • How environmental change may have created the Egypt nation-state
    (details)

  • Early Medieval graveyard found beneath student housing in Cambridge
    (details)

  • Archaeology is unlocking more details about Peru’s Cloud Warriors
    (details)

  • New analysis offers insight into Bronze Age agricultural practices
    (details)


Montag, 22.2.2021, 15:41
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Dating to First Dynasty, Egyptian beer factory is oldest ever found
    (details)

  • Grindstone with moth remains documents an important Aboriginal food tradition
    (details)

  • Global study of successful societies highlights role of taxes and bureaucracy
    (details)

  • Stalagmite study shows Silk Road didn’t start until megadrought ended
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Montag, 1.2.2021, 15:49
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Researchers discover 3000-year-old royal purple dye in Israel
    (details)

  • Ancient milk proteins in Africa show long-term milk consumption
    (details)

  • Dogs likely to have accompanied people to the Americas
    (details)

  • Medieval Cambridge skeletons reveal injuries to manual laborers
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Montag, 14.12.2020, 15:38
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Bronze Age grave in Croatia holds bones of warrior still wearing his bronze helmet
    (details)

  • Norwegian ice patch reveals evidence of reindeer hunting across 6000 years
    (details)

  • Prehistoric Southwestern mummies show entire communities offered help to the dying
    (details)

  • Pandemic stay-home in UK leads to gardening, with a harvest of Tudor-era coins
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Montag, 7.12.2020, 23:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient necropolis in Tauste adds to evidence of an extended Islamic presence
    (details)

  • New research techniques reveal extensive water collection systems at Tikal
    (details)

  • Multi-national effort unravels illegal transfer and auction of looted Greek artifacts
    (details)

  • Vast collections of prehistoric rock art imagery found on remote cliffs in Colombia
    (details)


Montag, 30.11.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Chewed-upon hallucinogenic plant remains found in cave with rock art
    (details)

  • Ancestral Puebloans used thousands of turkey feathers to make blanket
    (details)

  • Ancient city in Saudi Arabia now restored and open to the public
    (details)

  • More mask reliefs depicting traditional motifs found in ancient Turkish theater
    (details)


Montag, 15.2.2021, 16:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Hellenistic era theater in Turkey produces scores of terracotta statuettes
    (details)

  • Oldest known Chinese cosmetic cream found in noble tomb
    (details)

  • Venetian beads found in Alaska point to possible pre-colonial trade
    (details)

  • New analysis of an ancient conch shell finds it may be oldest discovered wind instrument
    (details)


Montag, 16.11.2020, 19:17
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Remains of people and horses provide insight into Xiongnu civilization
    (details)

  • The true story behind the Great Fire of Rome
    (details)

  • New fossil discovery shows evolutionary changes in extinct human in small-scale
    (details)

  • The Svalbard shipwreck and where it disappeared to
    (details)


Montag, 9.11.2020, 18:40
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Teeth from Bronze Age site in Spain show that women were fiber specialists
    (details)

  • Andes burial from 9,000 years ago reveals young, female big-game hunter
    (details)

  • Greenwich Palace exploration finds the spot where everything changed for Henry VIII
    (details)

  • Search for Tulsa Massacre remains finds coffins that were buried without marker
    (details)


Montag, 23.11.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Late Roman watchtower found along lower Danube in Bulgaria
    (details)

  • In times of drought, early Puebloans turned to underground caves for water
    (details)

  • Edo period document details strict code of conduct for workers
    (details)

  • Race to excavate Viking longship is up against long odds
    (details)


Montag, 11.1.2021, 15:26
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New South African fossils show ever more diversity in early hominid species
    (details)

  • Indigenous-led archaeology corrects and expands on Victoria, Australia, prehistory
    (details)

  • Death threats to famed archaeologist excavating Peru’s most ancient city
    (details)

  • Treasure hunter who disturbed Yellowstone’s historic cemetery pleads guilty
    (details)


Montag, 2.11.2020, 16:06
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient dog DNA is being used to help trace human history
    (details)

  • Research in the United States examines what it meant to be a Mississippian
    (details)

  • Evidence shows ancient people in Turkey successfully adapted to climate change
    (details)

  • Newly found signet with the image Apollo points to a pluralistic Jerusalem
    (details)


Montag, 25.1.2021, 15:18
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • New finds in Egypt include temple, burials and part of the Book of the Dead
    (details)

  • Bronze Age caches in Europe show standardized objects, perhaps used as money
    (details)

  • Ohio’s Fort Ancient earthworks may become part of larger Hopewell monument
    (details)

  • Ancient knowledge analyzed to provide insight on current global issues
    (details)


Montag, 4.1.2021, 17:43
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Ancient Peruvian farmers used cyclical climate patterns as an advantage
    (details)

  • Bozeman Trail proponents seek national historic designation status
    (details)

  • New excavations reveal details of daily life in Pompeii
    (details)

  • Analysis of tree rings provides fresh evidence of climatic fluctuations
    (details)


Montag, 28.12.2020, 15:48
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Compost islands in the Amazon
    (details)

  • Ancient washed-up weapons turn out to be made of human bone
    (details)

  • DNA trumps ceramics in correcting the history of early Caribbean
    (details)

  • Tooth plaque reveals that Levant commoners ate imported foods
    (details)


Montag, 18.1.2021, 16:07
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:

  • Temple to Aphrodite identified in Turkey
    (details)

  • Facial reconstruction reveals features of buried Siberian man and his companion
    (details)

  • Rare female statue found in Mexican citrus grove
    (details)

  • Dating confirms that Sulawesi warty pig is oldest animal cave art known
    (details)